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alter - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'alter' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Alter [ v. i.]
- To become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change; as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter by exposure.
2 . Alter [ v. t.]
- To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify.
- To agitate; to affect mentally.
- To geld.

Meaning of 'alter' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . alter [ v]
Meaning (1):
- become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
Example in sentence:
  • her mood changes in accordance with the weather;
  • The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season
Meaning (2):
- remove the ovaries of
Example in sentence:
  • Is your cat spayed?
Meaning (3):
- cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
Example in sentence:
  • The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city;
  • The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue
Meaning (4):
- make an alteration to
Example in sentence:
  • This dress needs to be altered