alternative

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Alternative is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • enPR: /ăl-tûr'nə-tĭv/
  • IPA: /ɒltɜːnətiv/
  • SAMPA: /Al"t@`n@tIv/
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Adjective[change]

Positive
alternative

Comparative
more alternative

Superlative
most alternative

  1. An alternative approach, way, source, etc. is not the usual one.
    Do you have some alternative transportation in case the car breaks down.
    They're not really a pop band. They're more alternative than that.
    I recommend an alternative lifestyle.

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Noun[change]

Singular
alternative

Plural
alternatives

  1. An alternative is something else that you can choose.
    We only have two alternatives: stay here or go back.
    St Mungo's shelter for the homeless offers a new alternative to sleeping on the streets.