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alter

[ awl-ter ]
/ ˈɔl tər /
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verb (used with object)
to make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify: to alter a coat; to alter a will; to alter course.
to castrate or spay.
verb (used without object)
to change; become different or modified.
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Origin of alter

1350–1400; Middle English <Old French alterer<Late Latin alterāre to change, worsen, derivative of Latin alter other

synonym study for alter

1. See adjust,

OTHER WORDS FROM alter

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH alter

altar, alter

Other definitions for alter (2 of 3)

Alter
[ awl-ter ]
/ ˈɔl tər /

noun
David, 1807–81, U.S. physicist.

Other definitions for alter (3 of 3)

alter.

abbreviation
alteration.
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What is another way to say alter?

To alter something is to make it different in some particular way, such as in size, style, or course. How does alter compare to change? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

How to use alter in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for alter

alter
/ (ˈɔːltə) /

verb
to make or become different in some respect; change
(tr) informal, mainly US a euphemistic word for castrate, spay

Derived forms of alter

alterable, adjectivealterably, adverbalterability, noun

Word Origin for alter

C14: from Old French alterer, from Medieval Latin alterāre to change, from Latin alter other
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