alter

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verb al·ter \ˈȯl-tər\

Definition of alter

altered

;

altering

play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make different without changing into something else an event that altered the course of history

  3. 2 :  castrate, spay had the puppies altered

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become different customs that alter with the times

alterability

play \ˌȯl-t(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

alterable

play \ˈȯl-t(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective

alterably

play \-blē\ adverb

alterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of alter in a sentence

  1. Alcohol can alter a person's mood.

  2. He altered his will to leave everything to his sister.

  3. This one small event altered the course of history.

  4. The place has altered in the 10 years since I left.

  5. I'll need to have the dress altered before the wedding.

Origin and Etymology of alter

Middle English, from Medieval Latin alterare, from Latin alter other (of two); akin to Latin alius other — more at else


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of alter

change, alter, vary, modify mean to make or become different. change implies making either an essential difference often amounting to a loss of original identity or a substitution of one thing for another. changed the shirt for a larger size alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity. slightly altered the original design vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition. vary your daily routine modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose. modified the building for use by the disabled

ALTER Defined for English Language Learners

alter

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verb al·ter \ˈȯl-tər\

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

alter

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verb al·ter \ˈȯl-tər\

Definition of alter for Students

altered

;

altering

  1. :  to change partly but not completely … each time he had altered his course. — Walter Farley, The Black Stallion


Medical Dictionary

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alter

transitive verb al·ter \ˈȯl-tər\

Medical Definition of alter

altered

;

altering

\-t(ə-)riŋ\
  1. :  castrate 1, spay


2

alter

noun al·ter

Medical Definition of alter

  1. :  one of the distinct identities or personality states manifested in an individual with multiple personality disorder



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