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al·ter

 (ôl′tər)
v. al·tered, al·ter·ing, al·ters
v.tr.
1. To change or make different; modify: altered my will.
2. To adjust (a garment) for a better fit.
3. To castrate or spay (an animal, such as a cat or a dog).
v.intr.
To change or become different.

[Middle English alteren, from Old French alterer, from Medieval Latin alterāre, from Latin alter, other; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

al′ter·a·bil′i·ty, al′ter·a·ble·ness n.
al′ter·a·ble adj.
al′ter·a·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.altered - changed in form or character without becoming something else; "the altered policy promised success"; "following an altered course we soon found ourselves back in civilization"; "he looked...with clouded eyes and with an altered manner of breathing"- Charles Dickens
unaltered, unchanged - remaining in an original state; "persisting unaltered through time"
2.altered - having testicles or ovaries removedaltered - having testicles or ovaries removed
castrated, unsexed - deprived of sexual capacity or sexual attributes
3.altered - changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purposealtered - changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose; "seeds precisely adapted to the area"; "instructions altered to suit the children's different ages"
modified - changed in form or character; "their modified stand made the issue more acceptable"; "the performance of the modified aircraft was much improved"
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Thus alteration is a distinct sort of motion; for, if it were not, the thing altered would not only be altered, but would forthwith necessarily suffer increase or diminution or some one of the other sorts of motion in addition; which as a matter of fact is not the case.
Besides, here is another question; if the laws are to be altered, are they all to be altered, and in every goverment or not, and whether at the pleasure of one person or many?
At dinner one day Conway told me that it had been solemnly agreed between him and Barting that the one who died first should, if possible, communicate with the other from beyond the grave, in some unmistakable way--just how, they had left (wisely, it seemed to me) to be decided by the deceased, according to the opportunities that his altered circumstances might present.
Every word is either current, or strange, or metaphorical, or ornamental, or newly-coined, or lengthened, or contracted, or altered.
Frederica was no more altered than Lady Susan; the same restrained manners, the same timid look in the presence of her mother as heretofore, assured her aunt of her situation being uncomfortable, and confirmed her in the plan of altering it.
Julius found his father alarmingly altered in personal appearance, but in full possession of his faculties nevertheless.
Henrietta asked him what he thought of you, when they went away, and he said, `You were so altered he should not have known you again.
While the two were reclining in their chamber, Venus wishing to discover if the Cat in her change of shape had also altered her habits of life, let down a mouse in the middle of the room.
Two Frogs in the belly of a snake were considering their altered circumstances.
Are these principles to be altered because the circumstances of Socrates are altered?
Your good opinion of her hasn't altered, though she has treated you so badly?
explains that it was altered to its present shape to commemorate the