Definition of alter
alterabilityplay \ˌȯl-t(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
alterableplay \ˈȯl-t(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
alterablyplay \-blē\ adverb
altererplay \-tər-ər\ noun
Examples of alter in a Sentence
Alcohol can alter a person's mood.
He altered his will to leave everything to his sister.
This one small event altered the course of history.
The place has altered in the 10 years since I left.
I'll need to have the dress altered before the wedding.
Recent Examples of alter from the Web
Unlike its predecessor treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, the Paris deal was intended to be nonbinding, so that countries could tailor their climate plans to their domestic situations and alter them as circumstances changed.
At the Group of Seven summit that followed, Trump’s first, passages on free trade and on immigration were substantially altered compared to previous years, while the U.S. was alone in failing to commit to the global Paris climate agreement.
Hawaii officials are already in the process of developing statewide maps to predict and track Hawaii’s most vulnerable areas for erosion and flooding, outlining how climate change will alter the Islands in 2030, 2050, 2075, and 2100.
Smith came up again this week as the SEC debates altering its graduate transfer rules.
Livingston has unselfishly dealt with a diminished role, a rotation change late in the season that altered when he’s used, and then a hand injury in the first round of the playoffs.
And though their roles were slightly altered from last year after Libertyville lost a few players, the end result was the same for the Libertyville tennis standouts: a berth in the state tournament.
While Mr. Lim has lately traded in his black leather and face paint for more traditional bureaucrat attire, echoes of his musician alter ego remain on display in his office.
This prevents completion of the natural healing cycle and can permanently alter the way the cell responds to the world.
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Synonym Discussion of alter
ALTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of alter for English Language Learners
: to change (something)
: to make a change to (a piece of clothing) so that it will fit better
: to remove the sex organs of (an animal) so that the animal is unable to reproduce
ALTER Defined for Kids
Definition of alter for Students
: to change partly but not completely … each time he had altered his course. — Walter Farley, The Black Stallion
Medical Definition of alter
: one of the distinct identities or personality states manifested in an individual with multiple personality disorder
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