alteration

noun al·ter·ation \ ˌȯl-tə-ˈrā-shən \
|Updated on: 17 Aug 2018

Definition of alteration

plural alterations
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

Examples of alteration in a Sentence

  1. the alteration of the pattern

  2. They did a good job on the dress alteration.

  3. He made alterations in his will.

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Origin and Etymology of alteration

see alter


ALTERATION Defined for English Language Learners

alteration

Definition of alteration for English Language Learners

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


ALTERATION Defined for Kids

alteration

noun al·ter·ation \ ˌȯl-tə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of alteration for Students

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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