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, modifyverb

    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, varyverb

    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. alterverb

    make an alteration to

    "This dress needs to be altered"

  4. interpolate, alter, falsifyverb

    insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby

  5. alter, neuter, spay, castrateverb

    remove the ovaries of

    "Is your cat spayed?"

Wiktionary

  1. alterverb

    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. alterverb

    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. alterverb

    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. alterverb

    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. Alterverb

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

  2. Alterverb

    to agitate; to affect mentally

  3. Alterverb

    to geld

  4. Alterverb

    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  

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    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
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    Daniel
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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. Johannes Ramaekers:

    Formation of false memories may alter the interpretation of work-related activities and social interactions with others, there are lots of situations where somebody's memory matters.

  2. Stephen Curry:

    I doubt this will happen again, with the adjustments I'll make once I'll look at the film, game One is not going to make me stop shooting or alter my confidence at all.

  3. 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.

  4. Charlie Craig:

    In 2012, fiancs Charlie Craig and David Mullins attempted to order a cake to celebrate Charlie Craig and David Mullins upcoming wedding, from the Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, Colo. Jack Phillips, Jack Phillips, told Charlie Craig and David Mullins Jack Phillips would sell Charlie Craig and David Mullins any other baked goods in Jack Phillips store, but would not design a wedding cake because it was in conflict with Jack Phillips Christian beliefs. Charlie Craig and Charlie Craig and David Mullins filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which ruled in Charlie Craig and David Mullins favor, as did the Colorado Court of Appeals. In its determination in favor of Jack Phillips, the high court did not alter Colorado's anti-discrimination law, instead the case turned on the way in which the baker was treated by Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote,... some of the commissioners at the commission's formal, public hearings endorsed the view that religious beliefs can not legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, disparaged Philips' faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared Justice Anthony Kennedy invocation of Justice Anthony Kennedy sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the holocaust. Charlie Craig, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, and the ACLU, which assisted in the case, agreed, on that part of the decision. We never disagreed about Charlie Craig religious convictions, we just think when you open the doors to the public, you have to serve everyone equally. Kristen Waggoner, Jack Phillips attorney, insists this isn't about discrimination, but religious freedom, which Kristen Waggoner said the high court affirmed. Jack Phillips said Jack Phillips lost 40 percent of Jack Phillips business after the initial lawsuit was filed six years ago. Jack Phillips has since been forced to lay off workers. Jack Phillips said Jack Phillips hopes the ruling will boost business.

  5. Terence:

    That is true wisdom, to know how to alter one's mind when occasion demands it.

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  • Priyanka Paul
    These explanations are great. Also, I like the way it has written in different languages using different accent. 
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one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
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