What does alteration mean?

Definitions for alteration
ˌɔl təˈreɪ ʃənal·ter·ation

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. change, alteration, modification(noun)

    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

    "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

  2. alteration, modification, adjustment(noun)

    the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

  3. revision, alteration(noun)

    the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)

    "it would require a drastic revision of his opinion"


  1. alteration(Noun)

    The act of altering or making different.

    Etymology: From alteracion (French altération), from alteratio.

  2. alteration(Noun)

    The state of being altered; a change made in the form or nature of a thing; changed condition.

    Etymology: From alteracion (French altération), from alteratio.


  1. Alteration

    In music, alteration is the use of a neighboring pitch in the chromatic scale in place of its diatonic neighbor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alteration(noun)

    the act of altering or making different

    Etymology: [Cf. F. altration.]

  2. Alteration(noun)

    the state of being altered; a change made in the form or nature of a thing; changed condition

    Etymology: [Cf. F. altration.]

Editors Contribution

  1. alteration

    The act and process of to alter.

    The alteration to the wedding dress took an efficient amount of time.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alteration' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4623

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alteration' in Nouns Frequency: #2271

How to pronounce alteration?

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How to say alteration in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alteration in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alteration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of alteration in a Sentence

  1. Michael Mann:

    The elderly and those with pre-existent conditions, such as asthma and heart failure, are likely to face declining health due to exacerbation of their conditions due to weather, heat exhaustion and stroke, dehydration, migraines, loss of sleep and mood alteration can all occur due to dangerous heat. Historical data shows that more people are likely to be involved in vehicle crashes due to heat-related impacts, such as decreased ability to concentrate, the poor quality of sleep they get and impaired mood, etc.

  2. David Friedman:

    The status quo, in the manner that it is observed today, will continue, absent an agreement to the contrary. There is nothing in the plan that would impose any alteration in the status quo that is not subject to the agreement of all the parties, having said that, as we point out, we would like the region to be more open and free with regard to the exercise of freedom of religion.

  3. Vice President Joe Biden:

    We're not looking to embarrass him, we're not looking for regime change. We're not looking for any fundamental alteration of the circumstances inside Russia. We're looking for him to, in our view, act rationally.

  4. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    If you do not have knowledge or experience of what’s in the box, then you can’t think out-of-the-box; one cannot consider an alteration or alternative without knowledge of the subject or profession.

  5. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    Major societal and individual enhancements are only achievable with extraordinary alteration of the thought process.

Images & Illustrations of alteration

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