What does alter mean?

Definitions for alterˈɔl tər

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?"


  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


  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.]

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tom Brady:

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

  2. Melissa Jacoby:

    It might alter the lobbying landscape.

  3. Samuel Butler:

    God cannot alter the past, but historians can.

  4. Terence:

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

  5. H. G. Wells:

    No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.

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