alter Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
- The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city
- The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue
verb become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
- her mood changes in accordance with the weather
- The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season
verb make an alteration to
- This dress needs to be altered
verb insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
verb remove the ovaries of
castrate; spay; neuter.
- Is your cat spayed?
Al"ter transitive verb
To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify."To alter the king's course." "To alter the condition of a man." "No power in Venice can alter a decree." Shak.
It gilds all objects, but it alters none. Pope.
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Ps. lxxxix. 34.
To agitate; to affect mentally.Obs. Milton.
To geld.Colloq. Syn. -- Change, Alter. Change is generic and the stronger term. It may express a loss of identity, or the substitution of one thing in place of another; alter commonly expresses a partial change, or a change in form or details without destroying identity.
Al"ter intransitive verb
To become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change;"The law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not." Dan. vi. 8. as, the weather altersalmost daily; rocks or minerals alterby exposure.
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