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?

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How to say alter in sign language?

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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. Andrea Thompson:

    The only way you can get the system back into compliance is to destroy the system, destroy the missile. There is no way to alter it, there is no way to change it, there is no way to adjust the fuel cycle.

  2. Ronnie Floyd:

    We cannot change what exists or even alter it or adjust it sitting on the sidelines and prognosticating about the situation, we have a biblical responsibility, but we also have a responsibility as citizens of the United States to express the privileges afforded to us – that men and women have died on the battlefield to give us – and I’m not walking away from that.

  3. Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde:

    Each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.

  4. William James:

    The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.

  5. Matt Lynn:

    The iPhone will not substantially alter the fundamental structure and challenges of the mobile industry.

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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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