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Meaning of ALTER

Pronunciation:  'oltur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?"
  2. [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"
  3. [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"
  4. [v]  insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
  5. [v]  make an alteration to; "This dress needs to be altered"
 

ALTER is a 5 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: castrate, change, falsify, interpolate, neuter, spay, vary
 
 See Also: accommodate, accustom, acerbate, acetylate, acetylise, acetylize, achromatise, achromatize, activate, adapt, add, adorn, aerate, affect, age, aggravate, alchemise, alchemize, alcoholise, alcoholize, alien, alienate, alkalinise, alkalinize, allegorise, allegorize, alter, alter, alternate, amalgamate, ameliorate, amend, Americanise, Americanize, anglicise, anglicize, angulate, animalise, animalize, animate, animise, animize, antiquate, antique, archaise, archaize, arouse, arterialise, arterialize, ash, assimilate, automate, automatise, automatize, avianise, avianize, awaken, barb, barbarise, barbarize, bear on, bear upon, beautify, bedim, beef up, begrime, bemire, bestialise, bestialize, bestow, better, blear, blind, blot out, blunt, blur, boil, bolshevise, bolshevize, branch out, break, break down, break up, brighten, bring, broaden, brutalise, brutalize, calcify, camp, capture, cause to sleep, centralise, centralize, change, change intensity, change over, change taste, charge, chasten, check, chill, chord, circularize, civilise, civilize, clarify, classicise, classicize, clean, clear, close, clot, coagulate, coarsen, cohere, collimate, colly, color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize, commercialise, commercialize, commix, communise, communize, commute, compensate, complicate, concentrate, condense, confuse, constitutionalise, constitutionalize, contaminate, contract, contribute, conventionalise, conventionalize, convert, cook, cool, cool down, correct, corrupt, counterchange, crack, crackle, crush, cry, customise, customize, cut, damage, darken, deactivate, deaden, deaminate, deaminize, debase, debauch, decarboxylate, decentralise, decentralize, decimalise, decimalize, deconcentrate, decorate, decrease, decrepitate, de-emphasise, de-emphasize, defeminise, defeminize, deflate, deform, dehydrogenate, delay, demist, democratise, democratize, demonise, demonize, demoralise, demoralize, demulsify, demythologise, demythologize, denationalise, denationalize, denaturalise, denaturalize, denature, deodorize, deodourise, depersonalise, depersonalize, depolarise, depolarize, deprave, depress, desensitise, desensitize, desex, desexualise, desexualize, destabilise, destabilize, destress, detransitivise, detransitivize, devalue, develop, devilise, devilize, diabolise, diabolize, digitalise, digitalize, digitise, digitize, dinge, dirty, disable, disaffect, disarray, discolor, disenable, disintegrate, disorder, disqualify, dissimilate, dissonate, disturb, diversify, dizzy, domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, dope, draw, drop, dry, dry out, dull, dynamise, dynamize, edit, edit out, effeminize, elaborate, elevate, embellish, empty, emulsify, enable, end, energise, energize, envenom, equal, equalise, equalize, equate, erreminise, estrange, eternalise, eternalize, eternise, eternize, etherealize, etherialise, etiolate, Europeanise, Europeanize, evaporate, even, even out, exacerbate, exasperate, exchange, excite, expand, extend, exteriorise, exteriorize, externalise, externalize, familiarise, familiarize, fasten, fat, fatten, fatten out, fatten up, fecundate, feminise, feminize, fertilise, fertilize, fill, fill out, fill up, fix, flatten, flesh out, form, fortify, freeze, Frenchify, freshen, full, gear up, gelatinise, gelatinize, get, glamorise, glamorize, glamourise, glamourize, glorify, grace, grime, habituate, harmonise, harmonize, harshen, heat, heat up, hide, honeycomb, hue, humanise, humanize, humble, hydrogenate, immaterialise, immaterialize, immortalise, immortalize, impact, impart, improve, inactivate, incandesce, incapacitate, increase, indispose, individualise, individualize, industrialise, industrialize, inflate, inform, inseminate, inspissate, insulate, intensify, interchange, internationalise, internationalize, intransitivise, intransitivize, introvert, invalidate, invert, iodinate, ionate, isomerise, isomerize, jump, lace, laicise, laicize, land, legitimate, lend, lessen, let out, liberalise, liberalize, lift, lighten, lighten up, liquefy, liquidise, liquidize, liquify, loose, loosen, louden, lower, lubricate, magnetise, magnetize, make, make clean, make full, make grow, make possible, mark, market, masculinise, masculinize, match, mature, mechanise, mechanize, meliorate, merge, militarise, militarize, mince, mingle, minify, misdirect, mix, moderate, modulate, morph, move, muddy, mythicise, mythicize, mythologise, mythologize, narrow, narrow down, nationalise, nationalize, naturalise, naturalize, Nazify, neutralise, neutralize, nick, normalise, normalize, obfuscate, objectify, obliterate, obscure, occidentalise, occidentalize, officialise, officialize, opacify, opalise, opalize, opsonize, orientalise, orientalize, ornament, ossify, outmode, overcloud, overturn, oxidate, oxidise, oxidize, oxygenise, oxygenize, paganise, paganize, pall, parallel, patent, perplex, personalise, personalize, pervert, plasticise, plasticize, plump, plump out, poison, polarise, polarize, politicise, politicize, prepare, pressurise, pressurize, profane, proof, prostrate, purge, purify, put, radiate, raise, rarefy, rarify, rationalise, rationalize, ready, reclaim, recombine, recommend, reconstruct, rectify, redact, redo, redress, reestablish, refine, reflate, reform, refresh, refreshen, regenerate, reinstate, relax, remodel, renormalise, renormalize, restore, retard, reverse, revolutionise, revolutionize, right, ripen, romanticise, romanticize, round, round down, round off, round out, rouse, rusticate, sanctify, sanitise, sanitize, saponify, saturate, sauce, schematise, schematize, scramble, sensibilise, sensibilize, sensify, sensitise, sensitize, sentimentalise, sentimentalize, set, set aside, set up, sew, sexualise, sexualize, shake, shallow, shape, sharpen, shift, shoal, shorten, simplify, slenderise, slenderize, sober, socialise, socialize, soften, soil, solemnise, solemnize, solvate, specialise, specialize, spice, spice up, spike, spiritualize, sputter, stabilise, stabilize, stain, steepen, sterilise, sterilize, stiffen, straighten, straighten out, strengthen, string, subdue, sublimate, subtilize, suburbanise, suburbanize, subvert, supercharge, supple, suspend, sweeten, switch, symmetrise, symmetrize, synchronise, synchronize, tailor, tailor-make, take in, tame, temper, tender, tenderise, tenderize, tense, terminate, territorialise, territorialize, thicken, think, tighten, tone down, touch, touch on, transaminate, transfigure, transform, transitivise, transitivize, translate, transmute, transpose, transubstantiate, turn, uglify, unclutter, undo, unfit, uniformise, uniformize, unify, unite, unsanctify, unscramble, unsex, unsex, unsubstantialise, unsubstantialize, untie, urbanise, urbanize, validate, vaporise, vaporize, variegate, vascularise, vascularize, ventilate, verbify, vesiculate, virilise, virilize, visualise, visualize, vitalise, vitalize, vitiate, vitrify, vivify, void, volatilise, volatilize, vulgarise, vulgarize, wake, wake up, waken, warm, weaken, westernise, westernize, wet, widen, womanize, worsen, zest

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: 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, realign, rebuild, reconstruct, re-create, 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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