Adjective "alter" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way.
  1. no object 'our outward appearance alters as we get older'
  2. 'Even now, genetic screening has the potential to alter the genetic composition of the population.'
  3. 'There was no man in sight and as she busied herself around the house, Rod altered his plans.'
  4. 'Digitally alter all the alien characters so they have 2 heads because that would look so cool.'
  5. 'During the course of the show, he altered the character of two sculptures by revising the installation.'
  6. 'The family has been undergoing major structural changes that are altering women's roles.'
  7. 'Where vegetation composition is altered and floral richness threatened, the results will ultimately be felt by us all.'
  8. 'Any amount of habitat that is destroyed or altered would have a significant impact.'
  9. 'The change in plans, however, altered the application to funding bodies like the Lottery Heritage Fund and the bid to secure the cash failed.'
  10. 'One hypothesis is that they actually alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere, thus playing a role in ozone depletion and the climate on Earth.'
  11. 'The direction of a reaction can usually be controlled by altering the conditions of the reaction.'
  12. 'plans to alter the dining hall'
  13. 'As well as the internal works, the external elevation of the building will be altered and new signage will be erected.'
  14. 'Mrs Clegg realised there was a nest in her roof after seeing a couple of wasps fly in and out of a small gap above the back bedroom window, a gap she claims the council left after altering the house 10 years ago.'
  15. 'His mother protests that she does not want to alter this house.'
  16. 'However, the downside could come years later if building use changes or if the building is altered.'
  17. 'We applied, as the landowner on behalf of Southern, for the proper permissions to alter the existing depot building.'
  18. 'McDonough believes in not only fundamentally altering buildings, but also changing the way things are made, to make the planet a better place.'
  19. 'A City of York Council spokesman said the authority would not have to be informed if the repairs were like for like and would not alter the building.'
  20. 'Mrs. Winchester believed ill would befall her if she ever stopped altering her sprawling mansion.'
  21. 'It means the building cannot be demolished or altered in any significant way.'
  22. 'The proposal involves altering a farm building into storage and offices which would be used for the applicant's four separate development companies and kitchen and domestic furniture business.'

More definitions

1. to make different in some particular, as size, style, course, or the like; modify: to alter a coat; to alter a will; to alter course.

2. to castrate or spay. verb (used without object)

3. to change; become different or modified.

More examples(as adjective)

"sizes can be alter after halves."

"revisions can be alter after halves."

"people can be alter in places."

"clearings can be alter within industries."

"people can be alter."

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Late Middle English: from Old French alterer, from late Latin alterare, from Latin alter ‘other’.