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Latin alternus.

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altern (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Acting by turns; alternate.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book VII, lines 346 to 352.
      And God made two great lights, great for their use / To Man, the greater to have rule by day, / The less by night, altern ; and made the stars, / And set them in the firmament of Heaven / To illuminate the Earth, and rule the day / In their vicissitude, and rule the night, / And light from darkness to divide. []

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  • IPA(key): /ˈʔaltɐn/
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altern (third-person singular simple present altert, past tense alterte, past participle gealtert, auxiliary sein)

  1. to age

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