What does alteration mean?

Definitions for alteration
ˌɔl təˈreɪ ʃənal·ter·ation

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. change, alteration, modificationnoun

    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, adjustmentnoun

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

  3. revision, alterationnoun

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

    "it would require a drastic revision of his opinion"


  1. alterationnoun

    The act of altering or making different.

  2. alterationnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Alterationnoun

    Etymology: from alter; alteration, Fr.

    Alteration, though it be from worse to better, hath in it inconveniencies, and those weighty. Richard Hooker.

    Why may we not presume, that God doth even call for such change or alteration, as the very condition of things themselves doth make necessary. Richard Hooker, b. ii. § 10.

    So he, with difficulty and labour hard,
    Mov’d on:
    But he once past, soon after, when man fell,
    Strange alteration! Sin, and death, amain
    Following his track (such was the will of heav’n!)
    Pav’d after him a broad and beaten way. Parad. Lost, b. ii.

    No other alteration will satisfy; nor this neither, very long, without an utter abolition of all order. South.

    Appius Claudius admitted to the senate the sons of those who had been slaves; by which, and succeeding alterations, that council degenerated into a most corrupt body. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Alteration

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


  1. alteration

    Alteration refers to the act or process of modifying, adjusting, or changing something, often to improve it or repair it. This change can result in a significant variation in form, appearance, condition, function, or nature from the original state.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alterationnoun

    the act of altering or making different

  2. Alterationnoun

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

  3. 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

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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. 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.

  2. Stephen Breyer:

    Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that latter perception, further eroding that trust.

  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. 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.

  5. William Shakespeare, Sonnet cxvi:

    Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments: love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds.

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