alter

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See also: Alter and älter

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From Old French alterer (French altérer), from Medieval Latin alterare (to make other), from Latin alter (the other), from al- (seen in alius (other), alienus (of another), etc.; see alias, alien, etc.) + compar. suffix -ter.

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alter (third-person singular simple present alters, present participle altering, simple past and past participle altered)

  1. (transitive) To change the form or structure of.
    • Bible, Psalms lxxxix. 34
      My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
    • Shakespeare
      No power in Venice can alter a decree.
    • Alexander Pope
      It gilds all objects, but it alters none.
  2. (intransitive) To become different.
  3. (transitive) To tailor clothes to make them fit.
  4. (transitive) To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal).
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To agitate; to affect mentally.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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Danish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse altari, from Old Saxon altari, from Latin altare (altar), cognates with Icelandic altari.

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alter n (singular definite altret or alteret, plural indefinite altre)

  1. altar

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German[edit]

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alter

  1. inflected form of alt

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *h₂élteros (the other of two). Akin to alius.

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alter m (feminine altera, neuter alterum); first/second declension

  1. the other, the second
  2. the one...the other (alter...alter)

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First/second declension, genitive singular in -īus, dative singular in

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative alter altera alterum alterī alterae altera
genitive alterīus alterīus alterīus alterōrum alterārum alterōrum
dative alterī alterī alterī alterīs alterīs alterīs
accusative alterum alteram alterum alterōs alterās altera
ablative alterō alterā alterō alterīs alterīs alterīs
vocative alter altera alterum alterī alterae altera

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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alter n (definite singular alteret / altret, indefinite plural alter / altere / altre, definite plural altera / altra / altrene)

  1. an altar

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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alter n (definite singular alteret, indefinite plural alter, definite plural altera)

  1. an altar