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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: altérer, from Medieval Latin alterare, from Latin alter 'other'

alter

verb
     
Related topics: Clothes and Fashion
al‧ter S3 W3
1 [intransitive and transitive] to change, or to make someone or something change:
Her face hadn't altered much over the years.
The city centre has altered beyond recognition (=changed very much).
Nothing can alter the fact that the refugees are our responsibility.
2 [transitive]DC to make a piece of clothing longer, wider etc so that it fits
have/get something altered
She had the dress altered for the wedding.
WORD FOCUS: change WORD FOCUS: change
to change something: alter, adapt, adjust, amend, modify, revise, vary

to change a system or organization: restructure, reorganize, reform

to change something completely: transform, revolutionize

to change facts or information, or change what someone has said: twist, distort, misrepresent

easily changed: flexible, adaptable

impossible to change: fixed, final, irrevocable


See also
change

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