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Synonyms for alter
ˈɔl tər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. change, alter, modify(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    change, interchange, interpolate, modify, vary, qualify, commute, shift, exchange, neuter, falsify, castrate, spay, convert, switch, transfer, deepen

  2. change, alter, vary(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    change, interchange, variegate, interpolate, motley, modify, vary, commute, shift, exchange, neuter, falsify, castrate, spay, depart, convert, switch, transfer, deviate, diverge, deepen

  3. alter(verb)

    make an alteration to

    "This dress needs to be altered"

    Synonyms:
    change, vary, modify, spay, neuter, falsify, interpolate, castrate

  4. interpolate, alter, falsify(verb)

    insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby

    Synonyms:
    warp, fudge, interpolate, misrepresent, cook, extrapolate, modify, vary, manipulate, spay, wangle, neuter, falsify, castrate, distort, garble, fake, change

  5. alter, neuter, spay, castrate(verb)

    remove the ovaries of

    "Is your cat spayed?"

    Synonyms:
    change, vary, modify, demasculinise, demasculinize, expurgate, bowdlerize, shorten, spay, neuter, falsify, emasculate, interpolate, castrate, bowdlerise

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. alter(v)

    To change is distinctively to make a thing other than it has been, in some respect at least; to exchange to put or take something else in its place; to alter is ordinarily to change partially, to make different in one or more particulars. To exchange is often to transfer ownership; as, to exchange city for country property. Change is often used in the sense of exchange; as, to change horses. To transmute is to change the qualities while the substance remains the same; as, to transmute the baser metals into gold. To transform is to change form or appearance, with or without deeper and more essential change; it is less absolute than transmute, tho sometimes used for that word, and is often used in a spiritual sense as transmute could not be; "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind," Rom. xii, 2. Transfigure is, as in its Scriptural use, to change in an exalted and glorious spiritual way; "Jesus ... was transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light," Matt. xvii, 1, 2. To metamorphose is to make some remarkable change, ordinarily in external qualities, but often in structure, use, or chemical constitution, as of a caterpillar into a butterfly, of the stamens of a plant into petals, or of the crystalline structure of rocks, hence called "metamorphic rocks," as when a limestone is metamorphosed into a marble. To vary is to change from time to time, often capriciously. To commute is to put something easier, lighter, milder, or in some way more favorable in place of that which is commuted; as, to commute capital punishment to imprisonment for life; to commute daily fares on a railway to a monthly payment. To convert (Latin con, with, and verto, turn) is to primarily turn about, and signifies to change in form, character, use, etc., through a wide range of relations; iron is converted into steel, joy into grief, a sinner into a saint. To turn is a popular word for change in any sense short of the meaning of exchange, being often equivalent to alter, convert, transform, transmute, etc. We modify or qualify a statement which might seem too strong; we modify it by some limitation, qualify it by some addition.

    Synonyms:
    change, change, commute, convert, diversify, exchange, metamorphose, modify, qualify, shift, substitute, transfigure, transform, transmute, turn, vary, veer

    Antonyms:
    abide, bide, continue, endure, hold, keep, persist, remain, retain, stay

    Preposition:
    To change a home toilet for a street dress; to change from a caterpillar to or into a butterfly; to change clothes with a beggar.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. alter

    Synonyms:
    substitute, change, vary, modify, exchange, diversify, remodel

    Antonyms:
    retain, perpetuate, conserve, stereotype, arrest, solidify, stabilitate

Editors Contribution

  1. change

    Submitted by anonymous on April 2, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. alter(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    change (partially), vary, modify, shift, turn, transmute, metamorphose, transform, convert, make some change in

  2. alter(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    vary, change, be changeable

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. alter(v)

    Synonyms:
    change, geld, castrate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    amend, modify, change, modifying, affect, altar, vary, impair, tamper, changing, edit

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How to use alter in a sentence?

  1. Caroll Spinney:

    Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul, and I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come. After all, Eric Jacobson're a family ! But now Sesame Workshop for many years's time for two performers that I have worked with and respected -- and actually hand-picked for the guardianship of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch -- to take my alter-egos into their hands and continue to give them life.

  2. Joe Biden:

    If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, Donald Trump will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are and I can not stand by and watch that happen, the core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that has made America America's at stake.

  3. Martha Beck:

    Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.

  4. John Pollock:

    This underscores the point that there is no solution without rent relief, this order doesn't alter rent obligation, but what are we expecting is going to happen when all that back rent is due in January ?

  5. Lee Hardman:

    Finance Minister Aso stated strongly that sudden yen strength or weakness is bad and that Japan has the means to intervene, he also attempted to alter market expectations that US opposition will prevent Japan from intervening. Overall, the comments do not significantly change our view that direct intervention to dampen yen strength remains unlikely in the near-term.


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