tamper

verb
tam·​per | \ ˈtam-pər \
tampered; tampering\ ˈtam-​p(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of tamper

intransitive verb

1a : to interfere so as to weaken or change for the worse used with with did not want to tamper with tradition
b : to try foolish or dangerous experiments used with with
c : to render something harmful or dangerous by altering its structure or composition was charged with tampering with consumer products
2 : to carry on underhand or improper negotiations (as by bribery)

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Other Words from tamper

tamperer \ ˈtam-​pər-​ər \ noun
tamperproof \ ˈtam-​pər-​ˌprüf \ adjective

Examples of tamper in a Sentence

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But those results have been marred by explosive allegations that an operative working for the Harris campaign collected, tampered with or even destroyed absentee ballots. Dylan Scott, Vox, "More evidence piles up in North Carolina election fraud scandal," 26 Dec. 2018 The weapon could go off in one of three ways: an 8-day timer, remote control, or if someone tampered with it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Britain Built a Nuclear Land Mine and Almost Used Chickens To Detonate It," 21 Dec. 2018 Green has been charged with child abuse resulting in death and tampering with evidence, and the Independent reports jury selection is scheduled to begin Thursday in the case. Fox News, "Judge sentences leader of New Mexico religious sect," 28 Sep. 2018 Is there any chance someone tampered with her prescription? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Archie's already made a terrible decision.," 11 Oct. 2018 In addition to murder, the suspects each face charges of first-degree rape, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful disposal of remains. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Slain Boy's Dad Talks Possible Motive in 'Brutal' Rape and Beating — and Pays Tribute to His Son," 10 July 2018 Camille is clearly sick over finding this dead girl’s body, especially after just witnessing the girls tampering with the memorial. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018 Once activated, a camera in the bed monitors the Gear Guards closely, setting off an alarm if anyone attempts to tamper with the cargo. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Rivian's Electric Truck and SUV Are Built to Tackle the Great Outdoors," 27 Nov. 2018 But if the system were used for a genuine election, foreign governments might have been able to use the same vulnerabilities to silently tamper with election results. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Experts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone voting," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of tamper

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tamper

probably from Middle French temprer to temper, mix, meddle — more at temper entry 2

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More Definitions for tamper

tamper

verb
tam·​per | \ ˈtam-pər \
tampered; tampering

Kids Definition of tamper

: to interfere or change in a secret or incorrect way Someone was tampering with the official records.
tam·​per

Legal Definition of tamper

1 : to bring improper influence to bear (as by bribery or intimidation) used with with tampered with the jurors
2 : to alter or interfere in an unauthorized or improper manner used with with tampered with evidence

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