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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


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

      n : the sterilization of an animal; "they took him to the vet
          for neutering" [syn: neutering, fixing]