Definitions for alterˈɔl tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•ter*ˈɔl tər(v.t.)

  1. to make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify:

    to alter a coat; to alter a will.

  2. to castrate or spay.

    Category: Veterinary Science

  3. (v.i.)to change; become different or modified.

* Syn: See adjust, change.

Origin of alter:

1350–1400; ME < OF alterer < LL alterāre to change, worsen, der. of L alter other

al′ter•er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. change, alter, modify(verb)

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

    "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

  2. change, alter, vary(verb)

    become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

    "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

  3. alter(verb)

    make an alteration to

    "This dress needs to be altered"

  4. interpolate, alter, falsify(verb)

    insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby

  5. alter, neuter, spay, castrate(verb)

    remove the ovaries of

    "Is your cat spayed?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. alter(verb)ˈɔl tər

    to change or make different

    We had to alter the equipment.; Her expression had altered slightly.

Wiktionary

  1. alter(Verb)

    To change the form or structure of.

  2. alter(Verb)

    To become different.

  3. alter(Verb)

    To tailor clothes to make them fit.

  4. alter(Verb)

    To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal).

  5. Origin: From alterer (French altérer), from alterare, from alter, from al- (seen in alius, alienus, etc.; see alias, alien, etc.) + compar. suffix -ter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alter(verb)

    to make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify

  2. Alter(verb)

    to agitate; to affect mentally

  3. Alter(verb)

    to geld

  4. Alter(verb)

    to become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change; as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter by exposure

Freebase

  1. Alter

    Alter is a 2002 album by Portland, Oregon band Floater. Strong self-destructive motifs and a desire to return to an earlier time period are present in many of Alter's songs.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4782

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4077

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alter' in Verbs Frequency: #457


Translations for alter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

alter(verb)

to make or become different; to change

Will you alter this dress (to fit me)?; The town has altered a lot in the last two years.

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