Definition of Alter

1. Verb. Cause to change; make different; cause a transformation. "They alter their earnings this year"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Exact synonyms: Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Arouse, Awaken, Rouse, Wake, Wake Up, Waken, Cause To Sleep, Affect, Freshen, Refresh, Refreshen, Fecundate, Fertilise, Fertilize, Inseminate, Indispose, Cry, Etiolate, Shade, Animalise, Animalize, Brutalise, Brutalize, Convert, Opalise, Opalize, Arterialise, Arterialize, Get, Make, Counterchange, Interchange, Transpose, Vascularise, Vascularize, Decrepitate, Suburbanise, Suburbanize, Overturn, Revolutionise, Revolutionize, Etiolate, Barbarise, Barbarize, Alkalinise, Alkalinize, Mythicise, Mythicize, Mythologise, Mythologize, Allegorise, Allegorize, Demythologise, Demythologize, Bring, Land, Coarsen, Affect, Bear On, Bear Upon, Impact, Touch, Touch On, Alchemise, Alchemize, Alcoholise, Alcoholize, Form, Shape, Round, Round Down, Round Off, Round Out, Suspend, Sober, Reconstruct, Increase, Ease Off, Ease Up, Let Up, Assimilate, Dissimilate, Commute, Convert, Exchange, Vitalise, Vitalize, Clear, Unclutter, Activate, Activate, Activate, Aerate, Activate, Deactivate, Inactivate, Blunt, Deaden, Reconstruct, Redo, Remodel, Edit, Redact, Cut, Edit, Edit Out, Chasten, Subdue, Tame, Chasten, Moderate, Temper, Ameliorate, Amend, Better, Improve, Meliorate, Aggravate, Exacerbate, Exasperate, Worsen, Wet, Dry, Dry Out, Lubricate, Beef Up, Fortify, Strengthen, Fortify, Lace, Spike, Weaken, Blunt, Oxidate, Oxidise, Oxidize, Merge, Unify, Unite, Age, Mature, Ripen, Antiquate, Antique, Antiquate, Develop, Make Grow, Soften, Damage, Ossify, Acerbate, Stabilise, Stabilize, Destabilise, Destabilize, Sensibilise, Sensibilize, Sensify, Sensitise, Sensitize, Desensitise, Desensitize, Accustom, Habituate, Disarray, Disorder, Discolor, Color, Color In, Colorise, Colorize, Colour, Colour In, Colourise, Colourize, Stain, Hue, Uglify, Untune, Adjust, Correct, Set, Set, Disqualify, Indispose, Unfit, Domesticate, Domesticise, Domesticize, Reclaim, Tame, Widen, Dehydrogenate, Hydrogenate, Oxygenise, Oxygenize, Darken, Brighten, Lighten, Lighten Up, Blear, Blur, Bedim, Obscure, Overcloud, Blot Out, Hide, Obliterate, Obscure, Veil, Cook, Slenderise, Slenderize, Crack, Dismiss, Dissolve, End, Terminate, Defog, Demist, Concentrate, Condense, Contract, Chill, Cool, Cool Down, Heat, Heat Up, Warm, Boil, Freeze, Blister, Change Over, Shift, Switch, Transpose, Change Over, Convert, Transform, Transform, Transform, Transmute, Transform, Transmute, Transubstantiate, Ash, Transform, Translate, Reclaim, Rectify, Reform, Regenerate, Convert, Islamise, Islamize, Invert, Reverse, Turn Back, Invert, Customise, Customize, Individualise, Individualize, Personalise, Personalize, Depersonalise, Depersonalize, Objectify, Sharpen, Drop, Flatten, Disintegrate, Magnetise, Magnetize, Degauss, Demagnetise, Demagnetize, Simplify, Complicate, Elaborate, Rarify, Refine, Refine, Complicate, Perplex, Pressurise, Pressurize, Supercharge, Centralise, Centralize, Concentrate, Decentralise, Decentralize, Deconcentrate, Socialise, Socialize, Fix, Gear Up, Prepare, Ready, Set, Set Up, Internationalise, Internationalize, Bolshevise, Bolshevize, Communise, Communize, Europeanise, Europeanize, Europeanise, Europeanize, Bestialise, Bestialize, Americanise, Americanize, Frenchify, Civilise, Civilize, Nationalise, Nationalize, Denationalise, Denationalize, Naturalise, Naturalize, Denaturalise, Denaturalize, Naturalise, Naturalize, Denaturalise, Denaturalize, Even, Even Out, Equal, Equalise, Equalize, Equate, Match, Stiffen, Loose, Loosen, Fasten, Tighten, Transitivise, Transitivize, Detransitivise, Detransitivize, Intransitivise, Intransitivize, Inspissate, Thicken, Full, Diversify, Decelerate, Slow Down, Deaden, Accelerate, Speed, Speed Up, Check, Delay, Retard, Decrease, Lessen, Minify, Liquefy, Liquidise, Liquidize, Liquify, Solvate, Dissolve, Validate, Invalidate, Vitiate, Void, Empty, Fill, Fill Up, Make Full, Saturate, Clot, Coagulate, Louden, Normalise, Normalize, Renormalise, Renormalize, Morph, Neutralise, Neutralize, Commercialise, Commercialize, Market, Purge, Purify, Sanctify, Mechanise, Mechanize, Automate, Automatise, Automatize, Automatise, Automatize, Mechanise, Mechanize, Chord, Harmonise, Harmonize, Polarise, Polarize, Glorify, Contaminate, Devalue, Insulate, Calcify, Urbanise, Urbanize, Urbanise, Urbanize, Emulsify, Demulsify, Decarboxylate, Nazify, Fecundate, Fertilise, Fertilize, Clarify, Embrittle, Mark, Nick, Disable, Disenable, Incapacitate, Enable, De-emphasise, De-emphasize, Destress, Tender, Tenderise, Tenderize, Charge, Bubble, Sweeten, Iodinate, Ionate, Archaise, Archaize, Inform, Officialise, Officialize, Occidentalise, Occidentalize, Westernise, Westernize, Orientalise, Orientalize, Acetylate, Acetylise, Acetylize, Achromatise, Achromatize, Collimate, Parallel, Camp, Classicise, Classicize, Conventionalise, Conventionalize, Decimalise, Decimalize, Dizzy, Envenom, Poison, Exteriorise, Exteriorize, Externalise, Externalize, Objectify, Glamorise, Glamorize, Glamourise, Glamourize, Introvert, Laicise, Laicize, Politicise, Politicize, Radicalize, Proof, Romanticise, Romanticize, Rusticate, Sauce, Shallow, Shoal, Tense, Steepen, Scramble, Unscramble, Unsex, Vitrify, Pall, Saponify, Expand, Extend, Set Aside, Suspend, Muddy, Transform, Elevate, Lift, Raise, Harshen, Dinge, Demonise, Demonize, Devilise, Devilize, Diabolise, Diabolize, Etherealize, Etherialise, Immaterialise, Immaterialize, Unsubstantialise, Unsubstantialize, Animate, Animise, Animize, Clear, Dynamise, Dynamize, Dynamise, Dynamize, Rarefy, Sublimate, Subtilize, Volatilise, Volatilize, Uniformise, Uniformize, Symmetrise, Symmetrize, Eternalise, Eternalize, Eternise, Eternize, Immortalise, Immortalize, Denature, Denature, Denature, Sanitise, Sanitize, Verbify, Shift, Sputter, Draw, Make, Dope, Prostrate, Excite, Energise, Energize, Excite, Shake, Outmode, Spice, Spice Up, Shorten, Think, Make, Deflate, Inflate, Reflate, Digitalise, Digitalize, Digitise, Digitize, Gelatinise, Gelatinize, Recombine, Effeminise, Effeminize, Feminise, Feminize, Womanize, Masculinise, Masculinize, Virilise, Virilize, Masculinize, Disharmonize, Dissonate, Sexualise, Sexualize, Schematise, Schematize, Patent, Constitutionalise, Constitutionalize, Rationalise, Rationalize, Plasticise, Plasticize, Rarefy, Paganise, Paganize, Incandesce, Deaminate, Deaminize, Angulate, Circularize, Sensitise, Sensitize, Sensitise, Sensitize, Depolarise, Depolarize, Intensify, Isomerise, Isomerize, Legitimate, Evaporate, Vaporise, Industrialise, Industrialize, Opacify, Opsonize, Militarise, Militarize, Nationalise, Nationalize, Recommend, Sentimentalise, Sentimentalize, Solemnise, Solemnize, Territorialise, Territorialize, Transaminate, Glorify, Spiritualize, Transfigure, Unsanctify, Vesiculate, Visualise, Visualize, Variegate, Ventilate, Vivify, Vulgarise, Vulgarize, Supple, Professionalise, Professionalize, Smut, Still, Weaponize, Eroticize, Sex Up, Piggyback, Port, Lifehack, Cloud, Blur, Confuse, Obnubilate, Obscure, Moderate, Tame, Tone Down, Obfuscate, Synchronise, Synchronize, Mince, Moderate, Soften, Militarise, Militarize, Break Down, Crush, Fat, Fatten, Fatten Out, Fatten Up, Fill Out, Flesh Out, Plump, Plump Out, Disturb, Touch, Dull, Blunt, Dull, Sharpen, Coarsen, Loosen, Loosen, Undo, Untie, Barb, String, Straighten, Straighten Out, Bring, Amalgamate, Commix, Mingle, Mix, Unify, Charge, Put, Clean, Make Clean, Begrime, Bemire, Colly, Dirty, Grime, Soil, Depress, Lower, Deform, Break, Break Up, Adorn, Beautify, Decorate, Embellish, Grace, Ornament, Humanise, Humanize, Humble, Alien, Alienate, Disaffect, Estrange, Right, Desensitise, Desensitize, Deodorise, Deodorize, Deodourise, Develop, Blur, Blind, Change Intensity, Change Taste, Exchange, Interchange, Replace, Substitute, Capture, Add, Bestow, Bring, Contribute, Impart, Lend, Reestablish, Reinstate, Restore, Liberalise, Liberalize, Compensate, Correct, Redress, Right, Democratise, Democratize, Neutralize, Corrupt, Debase, Debauch, Demoralise, Demoralize, Deprave, Misdirect, Pervert, Profane, Subvert, Vitiate, Loosen, Relax, Unify, Unite, Flocculate, Turn, Cohere
Causes: Change
Derivative terms: Alterable, Alteration, Alteration, Change, Change, Change, Change, Change, Changer, Modifiable, Modification

2. Verb. Become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence. "They alter the countryside"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

3. Verb. Make an alteration to. "They alter the cape "; "This dress needs to be altered"
Generic synonyms: Change, Modify
Entails: Sew, Tailor, Tailor-make
Derivative terms: Alterable, Alteration

4. Verb. Insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby.
Exact synonyms: Falsify, Interpolate
Generic synonyms: Edit, Redact
Derivative terms: Falsification, Falsifier, Interpolation, Interpolation

5. Verb. Remove the ovaries of. "Is your cat spayed?"
Exact synonyms: Castrate, Neuter, Spay
Specialized synonyms: Defeminise, Defeminize
Generic synonyms: Desex, Desexualise, Desexualize, Fix, Sterilise, Sterilize, Unsex
Derivative terms: Castration, Neuter, Neutering, Spaying

Definition of Alter

1. v. t. To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify.

2. v. i. To become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change; as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter by exposure.

Definition of Alter

1. Verb. (transitive) To change the form or structure of. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To become different. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To tailor clothes to make them fit. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal). ¹

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Definition of Alter

1. to make different [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: different

Lexicographical Neighbors of Alter

alter (current term)
alter ego
alter egos

Literary usage of Alter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1907)
"At the time the company was incorporated § 8 of chapter 53 of the state Code read: "Where the legislature has the right to alter or repeal the charter от ..."

2. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1850)
"And be it further enacted, That, so much of the act to alter Repeal cfdu- and amend the several acts imposing duties on imports, passed July the ..."

3. The anatomy of melancholy, by Democritus iunior by Robert Burton (1838)
"... discourses ? you may as soon remove mount Caucasus, as alter œe mens affections. Yet sure I think they cannot choose but do some good, ..."

4. Jane Austen's Works by Jane Austen, James Edward Austen-Leigh (1882)
"Seclusion from tht literary world—Notice from the Printe Regent— Correspondence with Mr. Clarke—Suggestions to alter her ..."

5. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"... because still larger guns were originally contemplated in the design, as the printed Papers clearly show ; it is improper to alter the cables to meet ..."

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