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alter

1

[ awl-ter ]

verb (used with object)

  1. 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.

  2. to castrate or spay.


verb (used without object)

  1. to change; become different or modified.

Alter

2

[ awl-ter ]

noun

  1. David, 1807–81, U.S. physicist.

alter.

3

abbreviation for

  1. alteration.

alter

/ ˈɔːltə /

verb

  1. to make or become different in some respect; change
  2. informal.
    tr a euphemistic word for castrate spay


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Derived Forms

  • ˌalteraˈbility, noun
  • ˈalterably, adverb
  • ˈalterable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • alter·er noun
  • half-altered adjective
  • pre·alter verb (used with object)
  • re·alter verb
  • un·alter·ing adjective
  • well-altered adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of alter1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French alterer, from Late Latin alterāre “to change, worsen,” derivative of Latin alter “other”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of alter1

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

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Synonym Study

See adjust,

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Example Sentences

They dye their hair and alter their clothes, but not enough to attract attention from authorities.

He even allegedly had a nickname for his violent, aggressive alter ego: Rick.

Some of the things Lawrence had to alter from the book involved President Coin, played by Julianne Moore.

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.

Sinus duo sunt maiores, vastque; alter is, qui S. Laurentij gurges; alter, qui Francius appellatur.

The Federal Reserve Board reserves the right to add to, alter, or amend these regulations.

Cert alter nostrm magnam itineris partem ger, debilitatsque iacuit.

Nam neque id diu fuit, & semper altero decumbente, alter stetit.

Ergo statim ex Aquitania euocatus Sacerdos vnus, alter ex ipsa Francia desumptus.

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