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alter

[awl-ter] /ˈɔl tər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify:
to alter a coat; to alter a will; to alter course.
2.
to castrate or spay.
verb (used without object)
3.
to change; become different or modified.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French alterer < Late Latin alterāre to change, worsen, derivative of Latin alter other
Related forms
alterer, noun
half-altered, adjective
prealter, verb (used with object)
realter, verb
unaltering, adjective
well-altered, adjective
Can be confused
altar, alter.
Synonyms
1. See adjust, change.
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Examples for altering
  • altering the ecosystem in your garden isn't always an option.
  • In fact, he says, it may be impossible for humans or any other animal to bring a memory to mind without altering it in some way.
  • By altering the rate, on the contrary, the proportion between those two values is necessarily altered.
  • The nature of things has stamped upon corn a real value which cannot be altered by merely altering its money price.
  • Withers likes to form guitar chords that he can simply move up and down the neck without altering the position of his fingers.
  • altering and cherry-picking details is an easy, hollow game for a writer.
  • Even when he was altering the course of history, he did not cease to be enigmatic, unpredictable.
  • It is a college-altering moment, and during such moments it's good to take stock of the basics.
  • We stacked the deck against them, even altering their evaluations or losing their tenure and promotion records.
  • One or both partners often wind up altering their career plans for the team.
British Dictionary definitions for altering

alter

/ˈɔːltə/
verb
1.
to make or become different in some respect; change
2.
(transitive) (informal, mainly US) a euphemistic word for castrate, spay
Derived Forms
alterable, adjective
alterably, adverb
alterability, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French alterer, from Medieval Latin alterāre to change, from Latin alter other
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Word Origin and History for altering
alter
late 14c., "to change (something)," from O.Fr. alterer, from M.L. alterare "to change," from L. alter "the other (of the two)," from PIE *al- "beyond" + comp. suffix -ter (cf. other). Intransitive sense "to become otherwise" first recorded 1580s.
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