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  Definition of alter
  1. remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?"
  2. make or 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"
  3. 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"
  4. insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
  5. make an alteration to; "This dress needs to be altered"
Similar Words: neuter, spay, castrate, change, vary, modify, interpolate, falsify

 

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

 

Entailments: sew, tailor, tailor-make

 

Derivational Morphology: castration, neutering, fixing, altering, neuter, spaying, version, variant, variation, edition, change, alteration, modification, adjustment, changer, modifier, falsification, misrepresentaation, falsifier, interpolation, insertion, interjection, interposition, interpellation

 

Anagrams: ratel, alert, later

 

 
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