What does alter mean?

Definitions for alter
ˈɔl təral·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word alter.

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?"

Wiktionary

  1. alter(Verb)

    To change the form or structure of.

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

  2. alter(Verb)

    To become different.

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

  3. alter(Verb)

    To tailor clothes to make them fit.

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

  4. alter(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alter

    awl′tėr, v.t. to make different: to change: (U.S.) to castrate.—v.i. to become different: to vary.—ns. Alterabil′ity, Al′terableness.—adj. Al′terable, that may be altered.—adv. Al′terably.—adj. Al′terant, altering: having the power of producing changes.—n. Alterā′tion, change.—adj. Al′terative, having power to alter.—n. a medicine that makes a change in the vital functions.—n. Alter′ity (Coleridge), the state of being other or different. [L. alter, another—al (root of alius, other), and the old comp. suffix -ter = Eng. -ther.]

Editors Contribution

  1. alter

    To change the form or structure of.

    They did alter the dress for the wedding as the brides body shape changed.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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

Anagrams for alter »

  1. alert

  2. later

  3. taler

  4. artel

  5. ratel

How to pronounce alter?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say alter in sign language?

  1. alter

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alter in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of alter in a Sentence

  1. Cynthia Peterson:

    I'm devastated. It's hard when we lose any of our patrons, but Alter was an author and he has a huge story to tell and he wanted it told, it meant the world to him to educate all of Oregon. We all adored him, and this is a huge loss.

  2. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    Some people will enter your journey and alter a future destination. Deliberative decision-making is essential when changing course; either temporarily or permanently. Always maintain the focus on your vision.

  3. Colombian President Iván Duque:

    We want these days which are going to change our daily lives, which are going to alter our common and ordinary life, to serve to protect those who need it most.

  4. State John Kerry:

    We reiterated America's fundamental support for negotiations and a peaceful resolution based on the rule of law as well as our concern about any unilateral steps by any party ... to alter the status quo.

  5. Ben Carson:

    What we should be talking about is Islam and the tenets of Islam and where do they come from? They come from Sharia. They come the Koran. They come from, you know, the life works and examples of Mohammed. They come from the fatwas, which is the writings of scholars, you know, and if you go back and you look at -- what I would like for somebody to show me is an improved Islamic text that opposes Sharia. Let me see -- if you can show me that, I will begin to alter my thinking on this.

Images & Illustrations of alter

  1. alteralteralter

Popularity rank by frequency of use

alter#1#7413#10000

Translations for alter

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for alter »

Translation

Find a translation for the alter definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these alter definitions with the community:

1 Comment

  • These explanations are great. Also, I like the way it has written in different languages using different accent. 
    LikeReplyReport4 months ago

Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"alter." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 20 Jan. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/alter>.

Are we missing a good definition for alter? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Quiz

Are you a words master?

»
transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
  • A. aggravate
  • B. restore
  • C. conform
  • D. interrogate

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for alter:


Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.