Definition of

Alter

  1. (verb, body) remove the ovaries of
  2. (verb, change) become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
    The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season
  3. (verb, change) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
    The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue
  4. (verb, change) insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
  5. (verb, creation) make an alteration to

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Alternate forms of Alter

Derivations: alterable, alteration

Hyponyms: accelerate, accommodate, accustom, acerbate, acetylate, acetylise, acetylize, achromatise, achromatize, activate, adapt, add, adjust, adorn, aerate, affect, age, aggravate, alchemise, alchemize, alcoholise, alcoholize, alien, alienate, alkalinise, alkalinize, allegorise, allegorize, alter, alternate, amalgamate, ameliorate, amend, americanise, americanize, angulate, animalise, animalize, animate, animise, animize, antiquate, antique, archaise, archaize, arouse, arterialise, arterialize, ash, assimilate, automate, automatise, automatize, avianise, avianize, awaken, barb, barbarise, barbarize, bear on, bear upon, beautify, bedim, beef up, begrime, bemire, bestialise, bestialize, bestow, better, blear, blind, blister, blot out, blunt, blur, boil, bolshevise, bolshevize, branch out, break, break down, break up, brighten, bring, broaden, brutalise, brutalize, bubble, calcify, camp, capture, cause to sleep, centralise, centralize, change intensity, change over, change taste, charge, chasten, check, chill, chord, circularize, civilise, civilize, clarify, classicise, classicize, clean, clear, clot, cloud, coagulate, coarsen, cohere, collimate, colly, color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize, commercialise, commercialize, commix, communise, communize, commute, compensate, complicate, concentrate, condense, confuse, constitutionalise, constitutionalize, contaminate, contract, contribute, conventionalise, conventionalize, convert, cook, cool, cool down, correct, corrupt, counterchange, crack, crackle, crush, cry, customise, customize, cut, damage, darken, de-emphasise, de-emphasize, deactivate, deaden, deaminate, deaminize, debase, debauch, decarboxylate, decelerate, decentralise, decentralize, decimalise, decimalize, deconcentrate, decorate, decrease, decrepitate, defeminise, defeminize, deflate, defog, deform, degauss, dehydrogenate, delay, demagnetise, demagnetize, demist, democratise, democratize, demonise, demonize, demoralise, demoralize, demulsify, demythologise, demythologize, denationalise, denationalize, denaturalise, denaturalize, denature, deodorise, deodorize, deodourise, depersonalise, depersonalize, depolarise, depolarize, deprave, depress, desensitise, desensitize, destabilise, destabilize, destress, detransitivise, detransitivize, devalue, develop, devilise, devilize, diabolise, diabolize, digitalise, digitalize, digitise, digitize, dinge, dirty, disable, disaffect, disarray, discolor, disenable, disharmonize, disintegrate, dismiss, disorder, disqualify, dissimilate, dissolve, dissonate, disturb, diversify, dizzy, domesticate, domesticise, domesticize, dope, draw, drop, dry, dry out, dull, dynamise, dynamize, ease off, ease up, edit, edit out, effeminise, effeminize, elaborate, elevate, embellish, embrittle, empty, emulsify, enable, end, energise, energize, envenom, equal, equalise, equalize, equate, eroticize, estrange, eternalise, eternalize, eternise, eternize, etherealize, etherialise, etiolate, europeanise, europeanize, evaporate, even, even out, exacerbate, exasperate, exchange, excite, expand, extend, exteriorise, exteriorize, externalise, externalize, fasten, fat, fatten, fatten out, fatten up, fecundate, feminise, feminize, fertilise, fertilize, fill, fill out, fill up, fix, flatten, flesh out, flocculate, form, fortify, freeze, frenchify, freshen, full, gear up, gelatinise, gelatinize, get, glamorise, glamorize, glamourise, glamourize, glorify, grace, grime, habituate, harmonise, harmonize, harshen, heat, heat up, hide, honeycomb, hue, humanise, humanize, humble, hydrogenate, immaterialise, immaterialize, immortalise, immortalize, impact, impart, improve, inactivate, incandesce, incapacitate, increase, indispose, individualise, individualize, industrialise, industrialize, inflate, inform, inseminate, inspissate, insulate, intensify, interchange, internationalise, internationalize, intransitivise, intransitivize, introvert, invalidate, invert, iodinate, ionate, islamise, islamize, isomerise, isomerize, jump, lace, laicise, laicize, land, legitimate, lend, lessen, let out, let up, liberalise, liberalize, lifehack, lift, lighten, lighten up, liquefy, liquidise, liquidize, liquify, loose, loosen, louden, lower, lubricate, magnetise, magnetize, make, make clean, make full, make grow, mark, market, masculinise, masculinize, match, mature, mechanise, mechanize, meliorate, merge, militarise, militarize, mince, mingle, minify, misdirect, mix, moderate, modulate, morph, move, muddy, mythicise, mythicize, mythologise, mythologize, narrow, narrow down, nationalise, nationalize, naturalise, naturalize, nazify, neutralise, neutralize, nick, normalise, normalize, obfuscate, objectify, obliterate, obnubilate, obscure, occidentalise, occidentalize, officialise, officialize, opacify, opalise, opalize, opsonize, orientalise, orientalize, ornament, ossify, outmode, overcloud, overturn, oxidate, oxidise, oxidize, oxygenise, oxygenize, paganise, paganize, pall, parallel, patent, perplex, personalise, personalize, pervert, piggyback, plasticise, plasticize, plump, plump out, poison, polarise, polarize, politicise, politicize, port, prepare, pressurise, pressurize, profane, professionalise, professionalize, proof, prostrate, purge, purify, put, radiate, radicalize, raise, rarefy, rarify, rationalise, rationalize, ready, reclaim, recombine, recommend, reconstruct, rectify, redact, redo, redress, reestablish, refine, reflate, reform, refresh, refreshen, regenerate, reinstate, relax, remodel, renormalise, renormalize, replace, restore, retard, reverse, revolutionise, revolutionize, right, ripen, romanticise, romanticize, round, round down, round off, round out, rouse, rusticate, sanctify, sanitise, sanitize, saponify, saturate, sauce, schematise, schematize, scramble, sensibilise, sensibilize, sensify, sensitise, sensitize, sentimentalise, sentimentalize, set, set aside, set up, sex up, sexualise, sexualize, shade, shake, shallow, shape, sharpen, shift, shoal, shorten, simplify, slenderise, slenderize, slow down, smut, sober, socialise, socialize, soften, soil, solemnise, solemnize, solvate, specialise, specialize, speed, speed up, spice, spice up, spike, spiritualize, sputter, stabilise, stabilize, stain, steepen, stiffen, still, straighten, straighten out, strengthen, string, subdue, sublimate, substitute, subtilize, suburbanise, suburbanize, subvert, supercharge, supple, suspend, sweeten, switch, symmetrise, symmetrize, synchronise, synchronize, take in, tame, temper, tender, tenderise, tenderize, tense, terminate, territorialise, territorialize, thicken, think, tighten, tone down, touch, touch on, transaminate, transfigure, transform, transitivise, transitivize, translate, transmute, transpose, transubstantiate, turn, turn back, uglify, unclutter, undo, unfit, uniformise, uniformize, unify, unite, unsanctify, unscramble, unsex, unsubstantialise, unsubstantialize, untie, untune, urbanise, urbanize, validate, vaporise, variegate, vascularise, vascularize, veil, ventilate, verbify, vesiculate, virilise, virilize, visualise, visualize, vitalise, vitalize, vitiate, vitrify, vivify, void, volatilise, volatilize, vulgarise, vulgarize, wake, wake up, waken, warm, weaken, weaponize, westernise, westernize, wet, widen, womanize, worsen

Hypernyms: alter, change, desex, desexualise, desexualize, edit, fix, modify, redact, sterilise, sterilize, unsex

Origin of the word Alter

  1. late 14c., "to change (something)," from O.Fr. alterer, from M.L. alterare "to change," from L. alter "the other (of the two)," from PIE *al- "beyond" + comp. suffix -ter (cf. other). Intransitive sense "to become otherwise" first recorded 1580s. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Alter

alder, aleatory, all-weather, altair, altar

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