Verb alter Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


alter (third-person singular simple present alters, present participle altering, simple past and past participle altered)

  1. (transitive) To change the form or structure of.
  2. (intransitive) To become different.
  3. (transitive) To tailor clothes to make them fit.
  4. (transitive) To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal).
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To agitate; to affect mentally.

More definition: make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify, to alter a coat; to alter a will; to alter course. castrate or spay. change; become different or modified.

1.David, 1807–81, U.S. physicist.

1.high. alt, in the first octave above the treble staff.


1.another exactly the same.

1. to make or become different in some respect; change

2. (transitive) (informal, mainly US) a euphemistic word for castrate, spay Derived Formsalterable, adjectivealterably, adverbalterability, noun Word OriginC14, from Old French alterer, from Medieval Latin alterāre to change, from Latin alter other alt /ælt/ adjective
1. (esp of vocal music) high in pitch

2. of or relating to the octave commencing with the G above the top line of the treble staff noun

3. in alt, in the octave directly above the treble staff Word OriginC16, from Provençal, from Latin altus high, deepCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., "to change (something)," from Old French alterer "change, alter," from Medieval Latin alterare "to change," from Latin alter "the other (of the two)," from PIE *al- "beyond" (see alias (adv.)) + comparative suffix -ter (cf. other). Intransitive sense "to become otherwise" first recorded 1580s. Related, Altered; altering.


To this day I wonder why she took a step backwards on the alter steps by marrying me.

It was common sense: never piss off the woman who could see the future, lest she alter it and make your life hell.

It's a tiny secret, one that may not alter much of anything.

I need confirmation before the Council meets, and I need to know if you can alter whatever it is Sasha's people did, Kris said.

I've not had to alter the last several you've sent.

I would choose not to alter a single element of my life if in so doing it would eliminate even an instant of the time we've spent together.

Once before he had felt that way about a woman and she had literally left him waiting at the alter while she ran off with another man.

Once, in a rare instance of can­dor, she'd admitted to Dean she considered a nose job but reject­ed the idea on the basis that either people would think her vain, or it would so alter her appearance as to make her unrecognizable.

They had slaves, but so few as not to alter the social conditions.

Could you have foreseen that the advent of a technology called "air conditioning" in homes would alter the social fabric of the nation?

Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them.

He went up to the map and speaking rapidly began proving that no eventuality could alter the efficiency of the Drissa camp, that everything had been foreseen, and that if the enemy were really going to outflank it, the enemy would inevitably be destroyed.

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