to make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify:
to alter a coat; to alter a will; to alter course.
to castrate or spay.
to change; become different or modified.
to make or become different in some respect; change
(transitive) (informal, mainly US) a euphemistic word for castrate, spay
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 make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify: to alter a coat; to alter a will; to alter course. to castrate or spay. to change; become different or modified. Contemporary Examples He throws every fiber of his being into each performance, altering his posture, elocution, temperament, and more. Oscars […]
alternans alternans al·ter·nans (ôl-tûr’nānz’) adj. Alternating, as in heart contractions. n. Alternation in the contractions of the heart.
alternate; following one another. Historical Examples I love the real you; not the vain, foolish, self-adoring 150 human concept, called the Duke of altern. Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking And the Duke of altern rubbed his weak eyes and tried hard to think. Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking Tell me, dear, when shall we be […]
; . Linguistics. a variant form that exists in with another or others. adjective alternating