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American English: /ɔlˈtərnədɪv/
British English: /ɔːlˈtəːnətɪv/
, /ɒlˈtəːnətɪv/

Translation of alternative in Spanish:

adjective before noun

  • 1 (other) an alternative plan/method
    otro plan/método
    un plan/método diferente
    they offered her alternative accommodation
    le ofrecieron alojamiento en otro sitio
    I know an alternative route
    yo conozco otro camino
    Example sentences
    • Can you talk about how and why it was humanism that triumphed over alternative possibilities?
    • In recent years several sites have been examined as a possible alternative home for the Abbey.
    • It is perfectly possible that an alternative government would overturn a hunting ban.
  • 2 (progressive, radical)
    Example sentences
    • Look at some of the most experimental alternative music going around at the moment.
    • Both traditional doctors and alternative therapists work to the best of their ability in any given situation.
    • Bizarrely, it completely omits any reference to alternative lifestyles or kinks of any kind.


  • you have no (other) alternative but to resign
    no te queda otra alternativa que dimitir
    he chose the alternative of renting a car
    optó por alquilar un coche
    alternative to something/-ingthere are alternatives to flying
    volar no es la única forma de viajar
    Example sentences
    • It assumes that citizens are rational and aware of all possible alternatives.
    • The evening that it started, the local news ran a story on possible alternatives to driving.
    • There is no excuse for wearing real fur with so many humane alternatives now available.
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