- 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.
- to change; become different or modified.
Origin of alter
- David,1807–81, U.S. physicist.
- in alt, in the first octave above the treble staff.
Origin of alt
- another exactly the same.
Related Words for alterdevelop, amend, modify, transform, revamp, adjust, change, shift, vary, revise, reshape, fix, transmute, mutate, convert, doctor, reform, metamorphose, renovate, turn
Examples from the Web for alter
Contemporary Examples of alter
They dye their hair and alter their clothes, but not enough to attract attention from authorities.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom
December 22, 2014
Some of the things Lawrence had to alter from the book involved President Coin, played by Julianne Moore.‘Mockingjay’s’ Mastermind: Francis Lawrence on the Book vs. Movie, ISIS Parallels, and More
November 23, 2014
Both Trudeau and Alter, levelheaded as they are, are extremely meticulous about their production.
“Democrats say, ‘The only Republicans I like are the ones I see on Alpha House,’” Alter says.
But he said Felina could not be convinced to alter her behavior to account for the increased danger.She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder.
October 21, 2014
Historical Examples of alter
This, I dare say, will make them alter their behaviour to you.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
To this he consents; but he has not courage to alter the family customs.Life in London
Christine might be right, but that did not alter things for him.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
They often say in their Gnomic aphorisms, ‘Even the Gods cannot alter the past.’De Profundis
It was all in vain, he confesses; he could not alter the convictions of the Empress.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Word Origin for alter
- (esp of vocal music) high in pitch
- of or relating to the octave commencing with the G above the top line of the treble staff
- in alt in the octave directly above the treble staff
Word Origin for alt
Word Origin and History for alter
late 14c., "to change (something)," from Old French alterer "change, alter," from Medieval Latin alterare "to change," from Latin alter "the other (of the two)," from PIE *al- "beyond" (see alias (adv.)) + comparative suffix -ter (cf. other). Intransitive sense "to become otherwise" first recorded 1580s. Related: Altered; altering.
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