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David alter

David, 1807–81, U.S. physicist.
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.


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