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.
He throws every fiber of his being into each performance, altering his posture, elocution, temperament, and more.
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Last year, Google reduced its tax burden by $3.1 billion by altering its tax practices.
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Both keep up the appearance of gaining ground, often omitting or altering facts.
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But Francis has also implied that his hands are tied when it comes to changing doctrine or altering church teachings.
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In this case, it is the Obama administration that is taking the radical part and altering the rules of the game.
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He drew a long breath, for there was a heavy, rustling sound above, as if the man on the roof was altering his position.
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The train of consequences which follows, is inferred by altering the predicate into ‘not many.’
They tell me you’re altering your Will in favour of your son.
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But the law’s the law, and for my own part I’m not in favor of altering it.
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The carpenter was for altering her, and for cutting adrift the old hulk alongside.
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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.
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
- Alternate angles
two nonadjacent angles made by the crossing of two lines by a third line, both angles being either interior or exterior, and being on opposite sides of the third line. Historical Examples Euclid introduced the subject by the proposition that, if alternate angles are equal, the lines are parallel. The Teaching of Geometry David Eugene […]