alter alter  /ˈɔl tər/


  1. (v) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. (v) become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  3. (v) make an alteration to
  4. (v) insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
  5. (v) remove the ovaries of


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  1. There are easy steps you can take to alter your lifestyle and reduce your carbon footprint.
  2. When it was finally recognized for what it was the most efficacious life-saving drug in the world penicillin would alter forever the treatment of bacterial infections.
  3. Over the course of the next two weeks, Jiang's revelations would radically alter the way the world and then the Chinese government responded to the illness.


  1. New York Aims to Treat Underage Models as Child Performers

    The State Legislature's measure has the potential to alter not only hiring practices in the fashion industry, but also the overall look of those appearing at Fashion Week.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: New York Times

  2. Argentina Approves Tax Amnesty; Australia to Alter Privacy Law; Brazil Proposes Revised Anti Corruption Law ...

    SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Argentina Approves Tax Amnesty; Australia to Alter Privacy Law; Brazil Proposes Revised Anti Corruption Law; Denmark Changes Corporate Income Tax: Regulatory and Taxation Highlights from Nair & Co.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Business Wire

  3. Q&A with With Jonathan Alter, author of The Center Holds

    Jonathan Alter, a Bloomberg columnist and former editor at Newsweek, is the first out of the gate with a look at the 2012 election. Read more...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Hill


  1. "These allegations will neither distract the company's focus on stopping the leak nor alter our commitment to restore the gulf coast," said Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive.
    on Jun 18, 2010 By: Tony Hayward Source: Financial Times

  2. "I don't think you can put an asterisk in the game of baseball, and I don't think that the Hall of Fame can accept an asterisk," Bonds said. "You cannot give people the freedom, the right to alter history. You can't do it. There's no such...
    on Nov 2, 2007 By: Barry Bonds Source: TIME

  3. "The (incoming) administration ...... is going to fundamentally alter how this is being managed," Dodd said. "The concept is still very sound and solid and it is needed. But it's not going to pass around here unless there's a strong...
    on Jan 11, 2009 By: Chris Dodd Source: USA Today

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