alter

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After eating too many gingerbread cookies, she no longer fit into her uniform, so she had a seamstress alter it. It looked pretty much the same.

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To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify.

Verb
remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?"

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make or 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"

Verb
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"

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insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby

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make an alteration to; "This dress needs to be altered"

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v. t.
To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify.

v. t.
To agitate; to affect mentally.

v. t.
To geld.

v. i.
To become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change; as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter by exposure.


Alter

Al"ter , v. t. [imp. & p. p. Altered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Altering.] [F. alt'82rer, LL. alterare, fr. L. alter other, alius other. Cf. Else, Other.] 1. 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." Shak.
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.
2. To agitate; to affect mentally. [Obs.] Milton. 3. To geld. [Colloq.] Syn. -- Change, Alter. Change is generic and the stronger term. It may express a loss of identity, or the substitution of one thing in place of another; alter commonly expresses a partial change, or a change in form or details without destroying identity.

Alter

Al"ter, v. i. 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." Dan. vi. 8.

To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify.

To become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change; as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter by exposure.

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Usage Examples

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.

No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.

Smartphones can relay patients' data to hospital computers in a continuous stream. Doctors can alter treatment regimens remotely, instead of making patients come in for a visit.

Just really, really believe in what you're trying to do. Don't let people alter that. Let people advise you and lead you down paths to make smart business decisions. But trust your instinct and trust that overwhelming drive that made you put all your dreams and everything on the line.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

Research has shown that even small amounts of processed food alter the chemical balance in our brain and cause negative mood swings along with noticeable dips ill energy.

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.

The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

People who relieve others of their money with guns are called robbers. It does not alter the immorality of the act when the income transfer is carried out by government.

Corporations, consumers, and citizens must begin acting in concert to create a powerful third pillar of social transformation if we hope to meet the social challenges we currently face with equal force. This begins with corporations that choose to alter how they practice capitalism in two ways to serve the greater good.

Humor can alter any situation and help us cope at the very instant we are laughing.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.

Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.

The church's teaching on marriage is unequivocal, it is uniquely, the union of a man and a woman and it is wrong that governments, politicians or parliaments should seek to alter or destroy that reality.

Religion always remains higher than everyday life. In order to make the elevation towards religion easier for people, religion must be able to alter its forms in relation to the consciousness of modern man.

Academics don't normally manage to alter people's way of thinking through their strength of argument.

It's not my job to try and alter the director's style - he's in charge, and I'll always give him my trust.

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