alteration

noun
al·​ter·​ation | \ ˌȯl-tə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce alteration (audio) \
plural alterations

Definition of alteration

1 : the act or process of altering something The dress needs alteration for a proper fit. : the state of being altered
2 : the result of changing or altering something: such as
a : a change made in fitting a garment no charge for alterations
b : a change in a legal instrument that alters its legal effect She made some alterations to her will.
c : a mineral that has been altered by a chemical process : metasomatism

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Examples of alteration in a Sentence

the alteration of the pattern They did a good job on the dress alteration. He made alterations in his will.
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Don’t be alarmed by needing a few rounds alterations. Melissa Colgan, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Shop for a Wedding Dress—When Bridal Salons Aren’t What You’d Expect," 11 Dec. 2018 Although the changes, which have been in the works since February, are primarily happening inside the 51,000-square-foot store, a few alterations have happened outside, including new signage over entrances. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Big World of Disney store renovation continues," 11 July 2018 The cumulative effect is a dramatic alteration of immigration policy and practice. Amy Taxin, BostonGlobe.com, "Protections for immigrants erode under Trump since inaugural," 18 June 2018 The cumulative effect is a dramatic alteration of immigration policy and practice. Amy Taxin, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. immigrant protection erosion began with Trump inaugural," 17 June 2018 The cumulative effect is a dramatic alteration of immigration policy and practice. Washington Post, "Protections for immigrants erode under Trump since inaugural," 17 June 2018 So Bell made a small alteration to the throwing motion. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Jim Thome and Buddy Bell: Little known Cleveland Indians story -- Terry Pluto (video)," 9 Feb. 2018 Maroon 5 has had a few alterations over the years, with some leaving and joining. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Wait, Who Else Besides Adam Levine Is in Maroon 5?," 20 Jan. 2019 Some lament alterations to the contemporary confirmation process. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Republicans, Democrats look to use Kavanaugh nomination as weapon in midterm fight," 21 July 2018

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First Known Use of alteration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alteration

see alter

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alteration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alteration

: the act, process, or result of changing or altering something

alteration

noun
al·​ter·​ation | \ ˌȯl-tə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce alteration (audio) \

Kids Definition of alteration

1 : the act or process of changing something She began alteration of the design.
2 : the result of changing : modification a minor alteration

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