AskDefine | Define alter

Dictionary Definition

alter

Verb

1 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" [syn: change, modify]
2 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" [syn: change, vary]
3 make an alteration to; "This dress needs to be altered"
4 insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby [syn: interpolate, falsify]
5 remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?" [syn: neuter, spay, castrate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

alter.

Pronunciation

Homophones

Verb

  1. To change the form or structure of
  2. To tailor clothes to make them fit

Translations

Danish

Noun

alter

Latin

Adjective

  1. the other, the second

Inflection

Descendants

Extensive Definition

To alter generally means to change something but may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abate, accommodate, adapt, adjust, adjust to, alter into, ameliorate, assuage, be changed, be converted into, be renewed, become, better, bottom out, box in, break, break up, castrate, change, change into, checker, chop, chop and change, circumscribe, come about, come around, come round, come round to, condition, convert, deform, degenerate, denature, deteriorate, deviate, diminish, diverge, diversify, emasculate, eunuchize, evolve into, fall into, fit, fix, flop, geld, haul around, hedge, hedge about, improve, jibe, lapse into, leaven, limit, meliorate, melt into, mitigate, moderate, modify, modulate, mutate, narrow, open into, overthrow, palliate, pass into, qualify, re-create, realign, rebuild, reconstruct, redesign, reduce, refit, reform, regulate by, remake, remodel, renew, reshape, restrain, restrict, restructure, revamp, revise, revive, ring the changes, ripen into, run into, season, set conditions, set limits, settle into, shift, shift into, shift the scene, shuffle the cards, soften, spay, subvert, swerve, tack, take a turn, temper, transform, turn, turn aside, turn into, turn the corner, turn the scale, turn the tables, turn the tide, turn to, turn upside down, undergo a change, unsex, vary, veer, warp, work a change, worsen
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