Definitions for: Alter


[v] remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?"
[v] make or 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"
[v] 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"
[v] insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
[v] make an alteration to; "This dress needs to be altered"



Webster (1913) Definition: Al"ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Altered; p. pr. & vb. n.
Altering.] [F. alt['e]rer, LL. alterare, fr. L. alter
other, alius other. Cf. Else, Other.]
1. To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either
partially or wholly; to vary; to modify. ``To alter the
king's course.'' ``To alter the condition of a man.'' ``No
power in Venice can alter a decree.'' --Shak.

It gilds all objects, but it alters none. --Pope.

My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing
that is gone out of my lips. --Ps. lxxxix.
34.

2. To agitate; to affect mentally. [Obs.] --Milton.

3. To geld. [Colloq.]

Syn: Change, Alter.

Usage: Change is generic and the stronger term. It may
express a loss of identity, or the substitution of one
thing in place of another; alter commonly expresses a
partial change, or a change in form or details without
destroying identity.


Al"ter, v. i.
To become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change;
as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter
by exposure. ``The law of the Medes and Persians, which
altereth not.'' --Dan. vi. 8.

Synonyms: castrate, change, falsify, interpolate, neuter, spay, vary

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