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Definition of "alter" []

  • To change or make different; modify: altered my will. (verb-transitive)
  • To adjust (a garment) for a better fit. (verb-transitive)
  • To castrate or spay (an animal, such as a cat or a dog). (verb-transitive)
  • To change or become different. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "alter" in a sentence
  • "Over the alter is a painting of Christ and his twelve apostles at ye passover supper very naturally drawn, and over it a Large window full of fine paintings – the history of the testaments."
  • "They argue that the socialization, rituals and beliefs that make up religion help the brain alter itself, to “brainsoothe.”"
  • "TV lounges and other communal shared space inside a closed building would certain alter what a reasonable person would expect the landlord to have done in selecting tenants."