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.

  2. alterverb

    To become different.

  3. alterverb

    To tailor clothes to make them fit.

  4. alterverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ALTERverb

    Etymology: alterer, Fr. from alter, Lat.

    Do you note
    How much her grace is alter’d on the sudden?
    How long her face is drawn? how pale she looks,
    And of an earthly cold? William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Acts appropriated to the worship of God by his own appointment, must continue so, till himself hath otherwise declared: for who dares alter what God hath appointed? Edward Stillingfleet, Defence of Disc. on Romish Idolatry.

    For the way of writing plays in verse, I find it troublesome and slow; but I am no way altered from my opinion of it, at least with any reasons which have opposed it. Dryden.

  2. To ALTERverb

    To become otherwise than it was; as, the weather alters from bright to cloudy.

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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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

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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. William James:

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

  2. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps:

    What an immense power over the life is the power of possessing distinct aims. The voice, the dress, the look, the very motions of a person, define and alter when he or she begins to live for a reason.

  3. Tom Brady:

    I did n’t alter the ball in any way.

  4. Rich Ross:

    Wouldn't it be amazing if we could tell stories that are actually indicative of behaviors and situations and see if we can alter them in a positive way? that's my kind of interactive — make people care.

  5. Jim Jordan:

    The closed-door depositions, Ill still be able to be a part of, but then when they go to the open hearings, its just the Intelligence Committee. Adam Schiff gets 45 minutes under the resolution that passed on Thursday to ask questions. The rest, the members get five minutes. Adam Schiff gets to call the witnesses Adam Schiff wants. But Republicans have to first submit a list to Adam Schiff to get his approval for any witnesses we or the White House might want. So you can try to put a ribbon on a sham process, but that doesnt make it any less of a sham. It doesnt make it any less unfair in any less partisan. In a contentiousHouse Rules Committee meetingthat lasted into the night last week, Democrats systematically rejected GOP attempts to alter theground rules that lawmakers will use as they consider impeachment. The rules were later passed in a sharply divided House vote.

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