Definitions for alter
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word alter.
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"
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"
make an alteration to
"This dress needs to be altered"
interpolate, alter, falsifyverb
insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
alter, neuter, spay, castrateverb
remove the ovaries of
"Is your cat spayed?"
To change the form or structure of.
To become different.
To tailor clothes to make them fit.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
To become otherwise than it was; as, the weather alters from bright to cloudy.
To alter is to change or modify something, often in a significant manner. This change can be physical, such as altering a piece of clothing to fit better, or abstract, such as altering an opinion or a plan.
to make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify
to agitate; to affect mentally
to become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change; as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter by exposure
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
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.]
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
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Alter is ranked #8597 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Alter surname appeared 3,830 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Alter.
94% or 3,603 total occurrences were White.
2.1% or 81 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.5% or 61 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.4% or 54 total occurrences were Asian.
0.6% or 25 total occurrences were Black.
0.1% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'alter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4782
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'alter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4077
Rank popularity for the word 'alter' in Verbs Frequency: #457
The numerical value of alter in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of alter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
The chemical companies are altering the compound ever so slightly to avoid our laws here in the United States. Once they alter that chemical, it is no longer a controlled substance.
I did n’t alter the ball in any way.
The Door Christian Fellowship McAllen Church did not ask for, or receive, a license from the producers or creators of' Alexander Hamilton' to produce, stage, replicate or alter any part of' Hamilton' ; nor did we seek prior permission to alter Lin-Manuel Miranda's work by changing the music, the lyrics, deleting songs, and adding dialogue.
There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulities or you alter yourself to meet them.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
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Translations for alter
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- تغير, غيرArabic
- изменям, променямBulgarian
- alterarCatalan, Valencian
- alterar, modificar, cambiarSpanish
- mùthScottish Gaelic
- 変える, 直す, 変更Japanese
- 고치다, 바꾸다, 거세하다, 변경되다, 달라지다, 개조하다, 변경하다Korean
- zmienić, przerabiać, zmieniać, przerobićPolish
- mudar, alterar, modificarPortuguese
- переделать, переделывать, поменять, изменять, изменить, менятьRussian
- изменити, promeniti, izmeniti, променитиSerbo-Croatian
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