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[mass noun] The action or process of altering or being altered.‘careful alteration of old buildings’[count noun] ‘alterations had to be made’
change, adjustment, adaptation, modification, variation, conversion, revision, amendmentremodelling, reshaping, remoulding, redoing, reconstruction, rebuilding, recasting, reorganization, rearrangement, reordering, reshuffling, restyling, rejigging, reworking, renewal, renewing, revamping, renovation, remakingmetamorphosis, transformation, transfiguration, translation, evolution, mutation, sea changetransmogrificationView synonyms
- ‘Jung accepted that this course is never intractably fixed; it may at any time be subject to alteration.’
- ‘His method was exacting, allowing no possibility of alteration or modification.’
- ‘This alteration is thought to be mostly the result of the immune response to the virus.’
- ‘This alteration can cause significant changes in porosity and permeability.’
- ‘Not surprisingly, commuters in Strawberry Hill are rather upset by this alteration.’
- ‘Traffic flow in Kendal could be set for another alteration in an effort to improve safety on a busy stretch of road.’
- ‘Afterwards almost any alteration to the image can be made, such as hairstyle or eye colour.’
- ‘Loops are readily formed without substantial alteration of the loop forming material.’
- ‘Mineral grains are typically fractured and show dark alteration along grain boundaries and fractures.’
- ‘Here was a chance to find out why we as a nation seem particularly keen on chemical mood alteration.’
- ‘The alteration is the latest in a series of changes affecting Westhoughton.’
- ‘Is it even remotely possible that there will be a grand macro change without significant micro alteration here?’
- ‘There was little alteration in the design of the silver penny in the two centuries following the Norman Conquest.’
- ‘The only major alteration was the transformation of a poky shower room and toilet into an elegant pampering place.’
- ‘The scientists concerned with this recoloration of our sea say that the apparent alteration is down to climate change.’
- ‘Certainly there has been no fundamental alteration in the basic law.’
- ‘Very many words were written on the possible reasons for this alteration, but I didn't read them.’
- ‘The fact that no objections were received to the proposed Local Plan alteration adds further weight to this view.’
- ‘The matter can be referred back to the executive committee, to the full council or it can be passed without alteration.’
- ‘The alteration to or imitation of older styles was not limited to the 19th century.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin alteratio(n-), from the verb alterare (see alter).
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