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alternating

adjective

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alternating

verb
present participle of alternate

Synonyms of alternating (Entry 2 of 2)

to place or do (different things) so that one follows the other in a repeated series
  • To make the appetizer, you should alternate layers of tomatoes and cheese.
  • The poem alternates fear and hope.

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The first known use of alternating was in 1653

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“Alternating.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/alternating. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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