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v. al·tered, al·ter·ing, al·ters
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).
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.
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Noun1.altering - the sterilization of an animalaltering - the sterilization of an animal; "they took him to the vet for neutering"
sterilisation, sterilization - the act of making an organism barren or infertile (unable to reproduce)
castration, emasculation - neutering a male animal by removing the testicles
spaying - neutering a female by removing the ovaries
References in classic literature ?
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
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.
Slicing into the pages of a hardbound book with an X-acto knife might sound like a clear case of heresy to a book lover, but in fact, many of those who practice the art of book altering are bibliophiles to the core, says Lee Kirk, a Eugene book dealer who, in her free time, gives new life to aging books.
The flare-up has raised questions about whether altering decades-old cartoons is rewriting history to satisfy current values or whether it's necessary to keep children safe.
Music and altered States is a culturally rich and diverse book that examines aspects of music's role in altering consciousness from Africa to Europe, from the US to the Middle East.
Returning her to herself in altered form--and altering her consciousness of herself--the sculpture seems peculiarly empathic, or at least less forbidding.
FIVE NURSES AT A LONG ISLAND NURSING home were recently accused of altering medical records to hide flagrant mistakes, according to a report in the Daily News.
For the record, while altering photos can be amusing, even artistic, it's a definite no-no in journalism.
Other military documents point out HAARP's potential for altering weather patterns for defensive tactical measures, exploring Earth-penetrating tomography (used to locate weapons facilities underground) and geophysical probing for natural resources like oil, mineral deposits and gas.
By chemically altering the melt with strontium, a fibrous structure is formed that breaks up sharp corners which are stress points.
The process, in its precision, is similar to altering a single letter in a word contained within a large book.
Two recent events signal the role NIEHS is undertaking to increase support of research to enhance understanding of how environmental perturbations occurring throughout the life span can affect phenotypes at different stages of life and/or transgenerationally by altering gene expression though modification of DNA methylation and chromatin structure.