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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Alter \Al"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Altered; p. pr. & vb. n.
Altering.] [F. alt['e]rer, LL. alterare, fr. L. alter
other, alius other. Cf. Else, Other.]
1. To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either
partially or wholly; to vary; to modify. "To alter the
king's course." "To alter the condition of a man." "No
power in Venice can alter a decree." --Shak.
It gilds all objects, but it alters none. --Pope.
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing
that is gone out of my lips. --Ps. lxxxix.
2. To agitate; to affect mentally. [Obs.] --Milton.
3. To geld. [Colloq.]
Syn: Change, Alter.
Usage: Change is generic and the stronger term. It may
express a loss of identity, or the substitution of one
thing in place of another; alter commonly expresses a
partial change, or a change in form or details without
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: the sterilization of an animal; "they took him to the vet
for neutering" [syn: neutering, fixing, altering]
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