Definition and Meanings for alter

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Alter is ranked 2,906 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of alter

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of alter

f. alt, ll. alterare, fr. l. alter other, alius other. cf. else, other

Meaning of alter


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify.
  • to agitate; to affect mentally.
  • to geld.

as intransitive verb

  • to become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change; as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter by exposure.
  • No antonyms for alter

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