Alter definition

ôltər
To make different in details but not in substance; modify.
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To become different; change; vary.
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To change or make different; modify.

Altered my will.

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To change or become different.
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The definition of alter means to make something different without completely changing it.

An example of alter is to cut a few inches off the bottom of a dress to make it shorter.

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To tailor clothes to make them fit.
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To change the form or structure of.
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(intransitive) To become different.
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To change or become different.
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To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal).
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To adjust (a garment) for a better fit.
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To resew parts of (a garment) for a better fit.
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To castrate or spay.
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To castrate or spay an animal, such as a cat or a dog.
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To castrate or spay (an animal, such as a cat or a dog).
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Origin of alter

  • Middle English alteren from Old French alterer from Medieval Latin alterāre from Latin alter other al-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French alterer (French altérer), from Medieval Latin alterare (“to make other”), from Latin alter (“the other”), from al- (seen in alius (“other”), alienus (“of another”), etc.; see alias, alien, etc.) + compar. suffix -ter.

    From Wiktionary