verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- altazimuth mounting,
- altdorfer, albrecht,
- alte pinakothek,
- alter ego,
- alter idem,
Origin of alter
Examples from the Web for altering
And more trivial modifications like altering bodily odors and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
He throws every fiber of his being into each performance, altering his posture, elocution, temperament, and more.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But Francis has also implied that his hands are tied when it comes to changing doctrine or altering church teachings.
Both keep up the appearance of gaining ground, often omitting or altering facts.
Is there more to playing a specifically American character than altering your accent?Damian Lewis Spills On ‘Homeland’s’ Shocking Plot Twist and Brody’s Return|Andrew Romano|October 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
All this caused Metchnikoff the deepest anxiety, the more so that he was absolutely incapable of altering the situation.Life of Elie Metchnikoff, 1845-1916|Olga Metchnikoff
In all savage nations this caprice of altering the natural figure of the head is very frequent.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IV (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
I can't see the economy of altering anything that small for interstellar work.The Cosmic Computer|Henry Beam Piper
The muscles within the larynx, of course, play a very important part in altering the tension of the vocal cords.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
If you have no large square, measure the diagonals with a stick, altering the angles at the corners until the diagonals are equal.Woodworking for Beginners|Charles Gardner Wheeler
Word Origin 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.