alter (v.)

  1. 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

    [ Syn: change , modify ]

  2. become different in some particular way, without permanently losing ones or its former characteristics or essence; her mood changes in accordance with the weather; The supermarkets selection of vegetables varies according to the season

    [ Syn: change , vary ]

  3. make an alteration to; This dress needs to be altered'

  4. insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby

    [ Syn: interpolate , falsify ]

  5. remove the ovaries of; Is your cat spayed?

    [ Syn: neuter , spay , castrate ]

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