alters

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Alter \Al"ter\, verb (used without an object) 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Alter \Al"ter\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Altered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Altering}.] [F. alt['e]rer, 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. --Pope.

My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. --Ps. lxxxix. 34.

2. To agitate; to affect mentally. [Obs.] --Milton.

3. To geld. [Colloq.]

Syn: {Change}, {Alter}.

Usage: 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

alter

verb

1: 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" [syn: {change}, {alter}, {modify}]

2: 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" [syn: {change}, {alter}, {vary}]

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

4: insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby [syn: {interpolate}, {alter}, {falsify}]

5: remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?" [syn: {alter}, {neuter}, {spay}, {castrate}]


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