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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Al·ter v. t. [imp. & p. p. Altered p. pr. & vb. n. Altering.]
 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.”
    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. 34.
 2. To agitate; to affect mentally. [Obs.]
 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 destroying identity.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: changed in form or character without becoming something
             else; "the altered policy promised success";
             "following an altered course we soon found ourselves
             back in civilization"; "he looked...with couded eyes
             and with an altered manner of breathing"- Charles
             Dickens [ant: unaltered]
      2: having testicles or ovaries removed [syn: neutered]
      3: changed in order to improve or made more fit for a
         particular purpose; "seeds precisely adapted to the area";
         "instructions altered to suit the children's different
         ages" [syn: adapted]