alter

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. [1913 Webster] It gilds all objects, but it alters none. --Pope. [1913 Webster] My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. --Ps. lxxxix. 34. [1913 Webster] 2. To agitate; to affect mentally. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To geld. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 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 destroying identity. [1913 Webster]