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Synonyms for alter
ˈɔl təral·ter

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. alterverb

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. change, alter, modifyverb

    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, varyverb

    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. alterverb

    make an alteration to

    "This dress needs to be altered"

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

  4. interpolate, alter, falsifyverb

    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, castrateverb

    remove the ovaries of

    "Is your cat spayed?"

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

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  1. change

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. alterverb

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

  2. alterverb

    Synonyms:
    vary, change, be changeable

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. alterverb

    Synonyms:
    change, geld, castrate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "alter":

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

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How to use alter in a sentence?

  1. Clifford Ollier:

    If the raw data show no alarming rise, and you want to create an alarm, you have to alter the raw data.

  2. H. G. Wells:

    No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.

  3. Edward Mills:

    The coming rules have the potential to fundamentally alter the product that banks can offer and could significantly limit a large source of fee revenue for banks.

  4. State John Kerry:

    We reiterated America's fundamental support for negotiations and a peaceful resolution based on the rule of law as well as our concern about any unilateral steps by any party ... to alter the status quo.

  5. Paul Smith:

    These are major cases and they're all going to be decided by the conservative majority, in ways that will alter the law in significant ways, the very conservative majority on the court is I think headed in the direction of an absolutely blockbuster term next year.


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