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alter

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of alter

  1. 1 to make different in some way can't you alter your plans just slightly so we can leave 10 minutes earlier? Synonyms of alter change, make over, modify, recast, redo, refashion, remake, remodel, revamp, revise, rework, varyWords Related to alter deform, metamorphose, mutate; regenerate, revolutionize, transfigure, transform, transmute; commute, convert, exchange; rejigger, retoolAntonyms of alter fix, freeze, set, stabilize

  2. 2 to remove the sex organs of contends that cats and dogs that have been altered make better pets Synonyms of alter neuter, desex, fixWords Related to alter castrate, emasculate, geld; spay; sterilize

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

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