to meddle, especially for the purpose of altering, damaging, or misusing (usually followed by with): Someone has been tampering with the lock.
to make changes in something, especially in order to falsify (usually followed by with): to tamper with official records.
to engage secretly or improperly in something.
to engage in underhand or corrupt dealings, especially in order to influence improperly (usually followed by with): Any lawyer who tries to tamper with a jury should be disbarred.
- tam·per·er, noun
- un·tam·pered, adjective
How to use tamper in a sentence
There had been problems of a similar nature which were suspected to be tampering or minor mechanical issues.HumanForest suspends London e-bike sharing service, cuts jobs after customer accident | Natasha Lomas | September 25, 2020 | TechCrunch
They will also will admit to conspiracy to tamper with witnesses, the spokeswoman said.Four ex-eBay employees to admit guilt in cyberstalking plot | Verne Kopytoff | September 23, 2020 | Fortune
He was sentenced to probation not for indecent exposure, but for tampering with public records by switching off his car’s dashboard camera during the stops.
This could allow a malicious actor to tamper with a voter’s registration, including preventing it altogether, or to steal a voter’s personal information.Voting by mail is more secure than the President says. How to make it even safer | matthewheimer | September 13, 2020 | Fortune
It’s designed to automatically analyze videos to determine whether or not algorithms have tampered with the footage.Microsoft’s new video authenticator could help weed out dangerous deepfakes | Stan Horaczek | September 3, 2020 | Popular-Science
The dirt should then be thrown in and settled by means of a tamper or by flooding with water.Elements of Plumbing | Samuel Dibble
It would be an ill return to tamper lightly, and without due consideration, with this young lady's affections.The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
Take this as your motto when you are inclined to tamper with wrong: "Who eats with the devil needs a long-handled spoon."Fifty-Two Story Talks To Boys And Girls | Howard J. Chidley
But to tamper with their dialect, or to take it from them, would be to leave them houseless and exposed in their daily business.Ceres' Runaway | Alice Meynell
There is nothing so dangerous,” wrote Lord Campbell, “as for one not of the craft to tamper with our freemasonry.Is Shakespeare Dead? | Mark Twain
British Dictionary definitions for tamper (1 of 2)
(usually foll by with) to interfere or meddle
to use corrupt practices such as bribery or blackmail
(usually foll by with) to attempt to influence or corrupt, esp by bribery: to tamper with the jury
- tamperer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for tamper (2 of 2)
a person or thing that tamps, esp an instrument for packing down tobacco in a pipe
a casing around the core of a nuclear weapon to increase its efficiency by reflecting neutrons and delaying the expansion
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