alter

[ awl-ter ]
/ ˈɔl tər /

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.

Origin of alter

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

Related forms

Can be confused

altar alter

Synonym study

1. See adjust, change.
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British Dictionary definitions for alterer

alter

/ (ˈɔːltə) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

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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