• WordNet 3.6
    • v alter remove the ovaries of "Is your cat spayed?"
    • v alter 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 alter 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 alter insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
    • v alter make an alteration to "This dress needs to be altered"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The monogram "RR" for Rolls-Royce has never been altered, except for when Sir Henry Royce passed away in 1933. Then it was changed from red to black.
    • Alter To agitate; to affect mentally.
    • v. i Alter 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."
    • Alter To geld.
    • Alter 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.""It gilds all objects, but it alters none.""My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you like your espresso coffee sweet, you should use granulated sugar, which dissolves more quickly, rather than sugar cubes; white sugar rather than brown sugar or candy; and real sugar rather than sweeteners which alter the taste of the coffee.
    • alter To make some change in; make different in some particular; cause to vary in some degree, without an entire change.
    • alter To change entirely or materially; convert into another form or state: as, to alter a cloak into a coat; to alter an opinion.
    • alter To castrate, emasculate, or spay, as an animal.
    • alter To exchange.
    • alter To agitate: as, ”altered and moved inwardly,” Milton, Areopagitica, p. 1. Synonyms and Alter, Change, modify, transform, transmute. In general alter is to change partially,while change is more commonly to substitute one thing for another, or to make a material difference in a thing.
    • alter To become different in some respect; vary; change.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The alteration of the architectural appearance of a city by the construction of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings is known as "Manhattanization". The term refers to the New York borough Manhattan.
    • v.t Alter awl′tėr to make different: to change:
    • v.i Alter to become different: to vary
    • n Alter a medicine that makes a change in the vital functions
    • v.t Alter awl′tėr (U.S.) to castrate
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.”
  • William James
    “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.”
  • Phyllis Bottome
    Phyllis Bottome
    “There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “What cannot be altered must be borne, not blamed.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Energy and persistence alter all things.”


Alter ego - An alter ego is a very close and intimate friend. It is a Latin phrase that literally means 'other self'.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. altérer, LL. alterare, fr. L. alter, other, alius, other. Cf. Else Other
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. alter, another—al (root of alius, other), and the old comp. suffix -ter = Eng. -ther.


In literature:

No one, not even Jane Denton, could induce her to alter her mind with regard to this particular.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
WE altered our course from N. to N.E., rising to 16,600 feet, and leaving the high tableland to the west.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
But beyond the clearing he altered his course to enter the region once blackened by fire.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
How much they are altered and changed, perhaps your letters, if I had received them, would have told me.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
And indeed one cannot understand how the bent of any man's mind should be altered by the sayings and doings of such a congress.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
We remonstrated, and the bill was altered; but Mons.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
In an instant we had altered our relative positions.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Teratological alterations are rarely isolated phenomena, far more generally they are associated with other and often compensatory changes.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Under the influence of disease these sounds may be altered in various ways.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The ceremonies, especially, were kept up, though in a succession of ages they have undergone gradual alterations.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Time searched the hallways
for a mind.
Hands kept time.
The climate altered like a
visible dance.
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Why then you have outlasted
All his improvements, for you see they're making
Great alterations here.
"English Eclogues I - The Old Mansion-House" by Robert Southey
I didn't knaw a lad could alter
Ivery notion I had,
'At for him I'd leave my friends, my mother,
My home an' my dad.
"All Or Nowt" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
I stand where in my childhood's days,
I often stood before,
But nothing meets my altered gaze
As in the days of yore.
"My Schoolboy Days" by David John Scott
Only a glance, a scornful smile,
A wavering purpose altered,
Goaded a hand the crime to do
At which before it faltered.
"Only" by Madge Morris Wagner
The dog that gambol'd by her side,
And lov'd with her to stray,
Now at his alter'd mistress howl'd
And fled in fear away.
"Donica - A Ballad" by Robert Southey

In news:

Scientists Near Source of Altered Heparin .
Like all truisms, this one is best served with a heaping spoonful of caveats, but they don't alter its essential flavor.
Yesterday Hír TV, a Hungarian television channel, ran a news story alleging that we had digitally manipulated the image of Mr Orbán before publication to materially alter his appearance.
Do Word Changes Alter ' Huckleberry Finn.
Do Word Changes Alter ' Huckleberry Finn .
However, it is not sleep but an altered state of consciousness in which you are extremely relaxed, mentally alert, focused and receptive to life-changing suggestions.
An inquiry from a former legislative candidate from Columbia has forced the House Republican Campaign Committee to alter every ad it is running in the state to correctly identify it as the source of the message.
Polarized news market has altered the political process in South Carolina primary.
To followers of hip-hop and soul, he's Driis, the alter ego he adopts as a DJ and musical artist.
Billionaire Tony Stark (and his alter ego, Iron Man) is back, but this time around he's under pressure to share his scientific secrets with the military.
It looks like Cee Lo Green may have been involved in a physical alteration with two women in Miami.
It should come as no shock that the video for Jason Aldean's latest (and lyrically altered) single, 'Take a Little Ride,' features lots of big trucks, which are driven by young, good-looking people.
Jasper-Kimball deal on wastewater altered.
Otis Smith indicated Monday that he has no plans to make a major move to alter his team's roster in the near future.
Those who suffer from it will sometimes alter their lifestyle to keep from having an accident.

In science:

For example, disks are not infinitely thin but have a certain thickness which could increase or decrease the column density thresholds and alter the radial instabilities.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Since functions F1,2 (J ) are not altered we have the same pairing and due to Lemma 6.6 R action preserves constant non degenerate submatrix of the matrix K−1 .
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Restriction on Mr does not alter the linear dependence of A on N r because of Proposition 6.2.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
However, in the presence of random torques this direction will be altered with the maximal deviation inflicted over a short period of time just before and after the flip, i.e. during the time when the value of grain angular momentum is minimal.
Physics of Grain Alignment
This will be further elaborated in section II D, but we first consider those corrections required by the current formulation that do not alter the theoretical foundation of the derivation.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility