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alter Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
    modify; change.
    • The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city
    • The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue
  2. verb become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
    vary; change.
    • her mood changes in accordance with the weather
    • The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season
  3. verb make an alteration to
    • This dress needs to be altered
  4. verb insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
    interpolate; falsify.
  5. verb remove the ovaries of
    castrate; spay; neuter.
    • Is your cat spayed?
WordNet

Al"ter transitive verb
Etymology
F. altérer, LL. alterare, fr. L. alter other, alius other. Cf. Else, Other.
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Altered present participle & verbal noun Altering
Definitions
  1. 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.
  2. To agitate; to affect mentally. Obs. Milton.
  3. 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
Definitions
  1. To become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change; as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter by exposure. "The law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not." Dan. vi. 8.

Webster 1913


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