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Definition 1: remove the ovaries of - [verb of body]

Samples where alter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Is your cat spayed?

Synonyms for alter in the sense of this definition

(alter is a kind of ...) make infertile

"in some countries, people with genetically transmissible disabilites are sterilized"

(... is a kind of alter ) remove the ovaries of (female mammals such as cats)

Definition 2: become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence - [verb of change]

Samples where alter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her mood changes in accordance with the weather
  • The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season

Synonyms for alter in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of alter ) go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions

(... is a kind of alter ) make full of cavities, like a honeycomb

(... is a kind of alter ) become more focused on an area of activity or field of study

"She specializes in Near Eastern history"

(... is a kind of alter ) spread into new habitats and produce variety or variegate

"The plants on this island diversified"

(... is a kind of alter ) vary in order to spread risk or to expand

"The company diversified"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (clothes) smaller

"Please take in this skirt--I've lost weight"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (clothes) larger

"Let out that dress--I gained a lot of weight"

(... is a kind of alter ) make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

"Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"

(... is a kind of alter ) go or proceed from one point to another

"the debate moved from family values to the economy"

(... is a kind of alter ) to modify microorganisms by repeated culture in the developing chick embryo

(... is a kind of alter ) vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)

(... is a kind of alter ) to become, or to cause to become, covered with a network of small cracks

"The blazing sun crackled the desert sand"

(... is a kind of alter ) vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity

"The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"

Definition 3: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation - [verb of change]

Samples where alter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city
  • The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue

Synonyms for alter in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become awake or conscious

"He was roused by the drunken men in the street" "Please wake me at 6 AM."

(... is a kind of alter ) make fall asleep

"The soft music caused us to fall asleep"

(... is a kind of alter ) act physically on; have an effect upon

"the medicine affects my heart rate"

(... is a kind of alter ) make fresh again

(... is a kind of alter ) introduce semen into (a female)

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to feel unwell

"She was indisposed"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring into a particular state by crying

"The little boy cried himself to sleep"

(... is a kind of alter ) make pale or sickly

"alcohol etiolates your skin"

(... is a kind of alter ) vary slightly

"shade the meaning"

(... is a kind of alter ) make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman

"Life in the camps had brutalized him"

(... is a kind of alter ) change the nature, purpose, or function of something

"convert lead into gold" "convert hotels into jails" "convert slaves to laborers"

(... is a kind of alter ) make opalescent

(... is a kind of alter ) change venous blood into arterial blood

(... is a kind of alter ) give certain properties to something

"get someone mad" "She made us look silly" "He made a fool of himself at the meeting" "Don't make this into a big deal" "This invention will make you a millionaire" "Make yourself clear"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to change places

"interchange this screw for one of a smaller size"

(... is a kind of alter ) make vascular

"the yolk sac is gradually vascularized"

(... is a kind of alter ) to roast or calcine so as to cause to crackle or until crackling stops

"decrepitate salts"

(... is a kind of alter ) make suburban in character

"highly suburbanized cities"

(... is a kind of alter ) change radically

"E-mail revolutionized communication in academe"

(... is a kind of alter ) bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight

(... is a kind of alter ) make crude or savage in behavior or speech

"his years in prison have barbarized the young man"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (a substance) alkaline

"The oxide is alkalized"

(... is a kind of alter ) make into a myth

"The Europeans have mythicized Rte. 66"

(... is a kind of alter ) make into an allegory

"The story was allegorized over time"

(... is a kind of alter ) remove the mythical element from (writings)

"the Bible should be demythologized and examined for its historical value"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring into a different state

"this may land you in jail"

(... is a kind of alter ) make less subtle or refined

"coarsen one's ideals"

(... is a kind of alter ) have an effect upon

"Will the new rules affect me?"

(... is a kind of alter ) alter (elements) by alchemy

(... is a kind of alter ) make alcoholic, as by fermenting

"alcoholize prunes"

(... is a kind of alter ) give shape or form to

"shape the dough" "form the young child's character"

(... is a kind of alter ) express as a round number

"round off the amount"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to be held in suspension in a fluid

"suspend the particles"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become sober

"A sobering thought"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause somebody to adapt or reform socially or politically

(... is a kind of alter ) make bigger or more

"The boss finally increased her salary" "The university increased the number of students it admitted"

(... is a kind of alter ) reduce pressure or intensity

"he eased off the gas pedal and the car slowed down"

(... is a kind of alter ) make similar

"This country assimilates immigrants very quickly"

(... is a kind of alter ) make dissimilar; cause to become less similar

(... is a kind of alter ) exchange a penalty for a less severe one

(... is a kind of alter ) give life to

"The eggs are vitalized"

(... is a kind of alter ) rid of obstructions

"Clear your desk"

(... is a kind of alter ) make active or more active

"activate an old file"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (substances) radioactive

(... is a kind of alter ) aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter

(... is a kind of alter ) make more adsorptive

"activate a metal"

(... is a kind of alter ) make inactive

"they deactivated the file"

(... is a kind of alter ) make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

"Terror blunted her feelings" "deaden a sound"

(... is a kind of alter ) do over, as of (part of) a house

"We are remodeling these rooms"

(... is a kind of alter ) prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting

"Edit a book on lexical semantics" "she edited the letters of the politician so as to omit the most personal passages"

(... is a kind of alter ) cut and assemble the components of

"edit film" "cut recording tape"

(... is a kind of alter ) correct by punishment or discipline

(... is a kind of alter ) change by restraining or moderating

(... is a kind of alter ) to make better

"The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

(... is a kind of alter ) make worse

"This drug aggravates the pain"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become wet

"Wet your face"

(... is a kind of alter ) remove the moisture from and make dry

"dry clothes" "dry hair"

(... is a kind of alter ) make slippery or smooth through the application of a lubricant

"lubricate the key"

(... is a kind of alter ) make strong or stronger

"This exercise will strengthen your upper body" "strengthen the relations between the two countries"

(... is a kind of alter ) add alcohol to (beverages)

"the punch is spiked!"

(... is a kind of alter ) lessen the strength of

"The fever weakened his body"

(... is a kind of alter ) make less sharp

"blunt the knives"

(... is a kind of alter ) add oxygen to or combine with oxygen

(... is a kind of alter ) join or combine

"We merged our resources"

(... is a kind of alter ) make older

"The death of his child aged him tremendously"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to ripen or develop fully

"The sun ripens the fruit" "Age matures a good wine"

(... is a kind of alter ) give an antique appearance to

"antique furniture"

(... is a kind of alter ) make obsolete or old-fashioned

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development

"The perfect climate here develops the grain" "He developed a new kind of apple"

(... is a kind of alter ) make soft or softer

"This liquid will soften your laundry"

(... is a kind of alter ) inflict damage upon

"The snow damaged the roof" "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become hard and bony

"The disease ossified the tissue"

(... is a kind of alter ) make sour or bitter

(... is a kind of alter ) make stable and keep from fluctuating or put into an equilibrium

"The drug stabilized her blood pressure" "stabilize prices"

(... is a kind of alter ) make unstable

"Terrorism destabilized the government"

(... is a kind of alter ) make sensitive or aware

"He was not sensitized to her emotional needs"

(... is a kind of alter ) make insensitive

"His military training desensitized him"

(... is a kind of alter ) make psychologically or physically used (to something)

"She became habituated to the background music"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring disorder to

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to lose or change color

"The detergent discolored my shirts"

(... is a kind of alter ) add color to

"The child colored the drawings" "Fall colored the trees" "colorize black and white film"

(... is a kind of alter ) produce or leave stains

"Red wine stains the table cloth"

(... is a kind of alter ) take on color or become colored

"In highlights it hued to a dull silver-grey"

(... is a kind of alter ) make ugly

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to be out of tune

"Don't untune that string!"

(... is a kind of alter ) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

"Adjust the clock, please" "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

(... is a kind of alter ) put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state

"set the house afire"

(... is a kind of alter ) make unfit or unsuitable

"Your income disqualifies you"

(... is a kind of alter ) overcome the wildness of; make docile and tractable

"He tames lions for the circus" "reclaim falcons"

(... is a kind of alter ) make wider

"widen the road"

(... is a kind of alter ) remove hydrogen from

(... is a kind of alter ) combine or treat with or expose to hydrogen; add hydrogen to the molecule of (an unsaturated organic compound)

(... is a kind of alter ) change (a compound) by increasing the proportion of the electronegative part; or change (an element or ion) from a lower to a higher positive valence: remove one or more electrons from (an atom, ion, or molecule)

(... is a kind of alter ) make dark or darker

"darken a room"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more cheerful through the use of color

"The paint will brighten the room"

(... is a kind of alter ) make dim or indistinct

"The fog blurs my vision"

(... is a kind of alter ) make obscure or unclear

"The distinction was obscured"

(... is a kind of alter ) make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

"a hidden message" "a veiled threat"

(... is a kind of alter ) transform by heating

"The apothecary cooked the medicinal mixture in a big iron kettle"

(... is a kind of alter ) make slender or appear to be slender

"slenderizing skirts"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become cracked

"heat and light cracked the back of the leather chair"

(... is a kind of alter ) declare void

"The President dissolved the parliament and called for new elections"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring to an end or halt

"She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime" "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"

(... is a kind of alter ) free from mist

"demist the car windows"

(... is a kind of alter ) compress or concentrate

"Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan"

(... is a kind of alter ) make cool or cooler

"Chill the food"

(... is a kind of alter ) make hot or hotter

"the sun heats the oceans" "heat the water on the stove"

(... is a kind of alter ) make warm or warmer

"The blanket will warm you"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring to, or maintain at, the boiling point

"boil this liquid until it evaporates"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to freeze

"Freeze the leftover food"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause blisters to form on

"the tight shoes and perspiration blistered her feet"

(... is a kind of alter ) make a shift in or exchange of

"First Joe led; then we switched"

(... is a kind of alter ) change key

"Can you transpose this fugue into G major?"

(... is a kind of alter ) change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy

"We converted from 220 to 110 Volt"

(... is a kind of alter ) increase or decrease (an alternating current or voltage)

(... is a kind of alter ) change (a bacterial cell) into a genetically distinct cell by the introduction of DNA from another cell of the same or closely related species

(... is a kind of alter ) convert (one form of energy) to another

"transform energy to light"

(... is a kind of alter ) alter the nature of (elements)

(... is a kind of alter ) change or alter in form, appearance, or nature

"This experience transformed her completely" "She transformed the clay into a beautiful sculpture" "transubstantiate one element into another"

(... is a kind of alter ) convert into ashes

(... is a kind of alter ) change from one form or medium into another

"Braque translated collage into oil"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one

"The Church reformed me" "reform your conduct"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to adopt a new or different faith

"The missionaries converted the Indian population"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to conform to Islamic law

"Islamize the dietary laws"

(... is a kind of alter ) turn inside out or upside down

(... is a kind of alter ) make an inversion (in a musical composition)

"here the theme is inverted"

(... is a kind of alter ) make according to requirements

"customize a car"

(... is a kind of alter ) make personal or more personal

"personalized service"

(... is a kind of alter ) make impersonal or present as an object

"Will computers depersonalize human interactions?" "Pornography objectifies women"

(... is a kind of alter ) raise the pitch of (musical notes)

(... is a kind of alter ) lower the pitch of (musical notes)

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to undergo fission or lose particles

(... is a kind of alter ) make magnetic

"The strong magnet magnetized the iron shavings"

(... is a kind of alter ) make nonmagnetic; take away the magnetic properties (of)

"demagnetize the iron shavings" "they degaussed the ship"

(... is a kind of alter ) make simpler or easier or reduce in complexity or extent

"We had to simplify the instructions" "this move will simplify our lives"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more complex, intricate, or richer

"refine a design or pattern"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more precise or increase the discriminatory powers of

"refine a method of analysis" "refine the constant in the equation"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more complicated

"There was a new development that complicated the matter"

(... is a kind of alter ) increase the pressure on a gas or liquid

(... is a kind of alter ) make central

"The Russian government centralized the distribution of food"

(... is a kind of alter ) make less central

"After the revolution, food distribution was decentralized"

(... is a kind of alter ) make conform to socialist ideas and philosophies

"Health care should be socialized!"

(... is a kind of alter ) make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

"Get the children ready for school!" "prepare for war" "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"

(... is a kind of alter ) make international in character

"We internationalized the committee"

(... is a kind of alter ) make Communist or bring in accord with Communist principles

"communize the government"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (continental) European in customs, character, or ideas

(... is a kind of alter ) denationalize and subject (a territory) to the supervision of an agency of a European community of nations

(... is a kind of alter ) make brutal and depraved; give animal-like qualities to

(... is a kind of alter ) make American in character

"The year in the US has completely Americanized him"

(... is a kind of alter ) make French in appearance or character

"let's Frenchify the restaurant and charge more money"

(... is a kind of alter ) raise from a barbaric to a civilized state

"The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"

(... is a kind of alter ) put under state control or ownership

"Mitterand nationalized the banks"

(... is a kind of alter ) put under private control or ownership

"The steel industry was denationalized"

(... is a kind of alter ) make into a citizen

"The French family was naturalized last year"

(... is a kind of alter ) strip of the rights and duties of citizenship

"The former Nazi was denaturalized"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more natural or lifelike

(... is a kind of alter ) make less natural or unnatural

(... is a kind of alter ) become even or more even

"even out the surface"

(... is a kind of alter ) make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching

"let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office" "The company matched the discount policy of its competitors"

(... is a kind of alter ) make stiff or stiffer

"Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine"

(... is a kind of alter ) make loose or looser

"loosen the tension on a rope"

(... is a kind of alter ) make tight or tighter

"Tighten the wire"

(... is a kind of alter ) make transitive

"adding `out' to many verbs transitivizes them"

(... is a kind of alter ) intransitivize

"removing the object will intransitivize the verbs"

(... is a kind of alter ) make thick or thicker

"Thicken the sauce" "inspissate the tar so that it becomes pitch"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (a garment) fuller by pleating or gathering

(... is a kind of alter ) make (more) diverse

"diversify a course of study"

(... is a kind of alter ) reduce the speed of

"He slowed down the car"

(... is a kind of alter ) make vapid or deprive of spirit

"deadened wine"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to move faster

"He accelerated the car"

(... is a kind of alter ) slow the growth or development of

"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

(... is a kind of alter ) make smaller

"He decreased his staff"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (a solid substance) liquid, as by heating

"liquefy the silver"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause a solvation in (a substance)

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to fade away

"dissolve a shot or a picture"

(... is a kind of alter ) make valid or confirm the validity of

"validate a ticket"

(... is a kind of alter ) take away the legal force of or render ineffective

"invalidate a contract"

(... is a kind of alter ) make void or empty of contents

"Empty the box" "The alarm emptied the building"

(... is a kind of alter ) make full, also in a metaphorical sense

"fill a container" "fill the child with pride"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to change from a liquid to a solid or thickened state

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become loud

(... is a kind of alter ) make normal or cause to conform to a norm or standard

"normalize relations with China" "normalize the temperature" "normalize the spelling"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to change shape in a computer animation

"The computer programmer morphed the image"

(... is a kind of alter ) make chemically neutral

"She neutralized the solution"

(... is a kind of alter ) make commercial

"Some Amish people have commercialized their way of life"

(... is a kind of alter ) make pure or free from sin or guilt

"he left the monastery purified"

(... is a kind of alter ) make mechanical

"mechanize the procedure"

(... is a kind of alter ) make automatic or control or operate automatically

"automatize the production" "automate the movement of the robot"

(... is a kind of alter ) turn into an automaton

(... is a kind of alter ) make monotonous; make automatic or routine

"If your work becomes too mechanized, change jobs!"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to vibrate in a definite pattern

"polarize light waves"

(... is a kind of alter ) bestow glory upon

"The victory over the enemy glorified the Republic"

(... is a kind of alter ) make radioactive by adding radioactive material

"Don't drink the water--it's contaminated"

(... is a kind of alter ) lower the value or quality of

"The tear devalues the painting"

(... is a kind of alter ) protect from heat, cold, or noise by surrounding with insulating material

"We had his bedroom insulated before winter came"

(... is a kind of alter ) convert into lime

"the salts calcified the rock"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more industrial or city-like

"The area was urbanized after many people moved in"

(... is a kind of alter ) impart urban habits, ways of life, or responsibilities upon

"Birds are being urbanized by people in outdoor cafes feeding them"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become an emulsion; make into an emulsion

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to demulsify

(... is a kind of alter ) remove a carboxyl group from (a chemical compound)

(... is a kind of alter ) cause or force to adopt Nazism or a Nazi character

"Hitler nazified Germany in the 1930's" "The arts were nazified everywhere in Germany"

(... is a kind of alter ) make fertile or productive

"The course fertilized her imagination"

(... is a kind of alter ) make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating

"clarify the butter" "clarify beer"

(... is a kind of alter ) make brittle

(... is a kind of alter ) make or leave a mark on

"the scouts marked the trail" "ash marked the believers' foreheads"

(... is a kind of alter ) divide or reset the tail muscles of

"nick horses"

(... is a kind of alter ) make unable to perform a certain action

"disable this command on your computer"

(... is a kind of alter ) render capable or able for some task

"This skill will enable you to find a job on Wall Street" "The rope enables you to secure yourself when you climb the mountain"

(... is a kind of alter ) reduce the emphasis

(... is a kind of alter ) make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer

"tenderize meat"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on

"charge a conductor"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to form bubbles

"bubble gas through a liquid"

(... is a kind of alter ) make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable

"sweeten a deal"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to combine with iodine

"iodinate thyroxine"

(... is a kind of alter ) add ions to

(... is a kind of alter ) give an archaic appearance of character to

"archaized craftwork"

(... is a kind of alter ) give character or essence to

"The principles that inform modern teaching"

(... is a kind of alter ) make official

"We officialized our relationship"

(... is a kind of alter ) make western in character

"The country was Westernized after it opened up"

(... is a kind of alter ) make oriental in character

"orientalize your garden"

(... is a kind of alter ) introduce an acetyl group into (a chemical compound)

(... is a kind of alter ) remove color from

"achromatize the lenses"

(... is a kind of alter ) make or place parallel to something

"They paralleled the ditch to the highway"

(... is a kind of alter ) give an artificially banal or sexual quality to

(... is a kind of alter ) make classic or classical

(... is a kind of alter ) make conventional or adapt to conventions

"conventionalized behavior"

(... is a kind of alter ) change from fractions to decimals

"Stock prices will be decimalized in the year 2000"

(... is a kind of alter ) make dizzy or giddy

"a dizzying pace"

(... is a kind of alter ) add poison to

"Her husband poisoned her drink in order to kill her"

(... is a kind of alter ) make external or objective, or give reality to

"language externalizes our thoughts"

(... is a kind of alter ) make glamorous and attractive

"This new wallpaper really glamorizes the living room!"

(... is a kind of alter ) turn inside

"He introverted his feelings"

(... is a kind of alter ) reduce to lay status

"laicize the parochial schools"

(... is a kind of alter ) give a political character to

"politicize the discussion"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more radical in social or political outlook

"Her work in the developing world radicalized her"

(... is a kind of alter ) activate by mixing with water and sometimes sugar or milk

"proof yeast"

(... is a kind of alter ) make romantic in style

"The designer romanticized the little black dress"

(... is a kind of alter ) lend a rustic character to

"rusticate the house in the country"

(... is a kind of alter ) add zest or flavor to, make more interesting

"sauce the roast"

(... is a kind of alter ) make shallow

"The silt shallowed the canal"

(... is a kind of alter ) increase the tension on

"alternately relax and tense your calf muscle" "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring"

(... is a kind of alter ) make steeper

"The landslides have steepened the mountain sides"

(... is a kind of alter ) make unintelligible

"scramble the message so that nobody can understand it"

(... is a kind of alter ) make intelligible

"Can you unscramble the message?"

(... is a kind of alter ) remove the qualities typical of one's sex

"She unsexed herself"

(... is a kind of alter ) change into glass or a glass-like substance by applying heat

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become flat

"pall the beer"

(... is a kind of alter ) convert into soap by hydrolizing an ester into an acid and alcohol as a result of treating it with an alkali

"saponify oils and fats"

(... is a kind of alter ) expand the influence of

"The King extended his rule to the Eastern part of the continent"

(... is a kind of alter ) make inoperative or stop

"suspend payments on the loan"

(... is a kind of alter ) make turbid

"muddy the water"

(... is a kind of alter ) subject to a mathematical transformation

(... is a kind of alter ) raise in rank or condition

"The new law lifted many people from poverty"

(... is a kind of alter ) make harsh or harsher

"Winter harshened the look of the city"

(... is a kind of alter ) make dingy

(... is a kind of alter ) make into a demon

"Power had demonized him"

(... is a kind of alter ) turn into a devil or make devilish

"Man devilized by war"

(... is a kind of alter ) make ethereal

(... is a kind of alter ) render immaterial or incorporeal

(... is a kind of alter ) give lifelike qualities to

"animated cartoons"

(... is a kind of alter ) make clear, bright, light, or translucent

"The water had to be cleared through filtering"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (a drug) effective

"dynamized medicine"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more dynamic

"She was dynamized by her desire to go to grad school"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more subtle or refined

(... is a kind of alter ) make volatile; cause to pass off in a vapor

(... is a kind of alter ) make uniform

"the data have been uniformized"

(... is a kind of alter ) make symmetric

"symmetrized waves"

(... is a kind of alter ) make famous forever

"This melody immortalized its composer"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (alcohol) unfit for drinking without impairing usefulness for other purposes

(... is a kind of alter ) modify (as a native protein) especially by heat, acid, alkali, or ultraviolet radiation so that all of the original properties are removed or diminished

(... is a kind of alter ) add nonfissionable material to (fissionable material) so as to make unsuitable for use in an atomic bomb

(... is a kind of alter ) make less offensive or more acceptable by removing objectionable features

"sanitize a document before releasing it to the press" "sanitize history" "sanitize the language in a book"

(... is a kind of alter ) make into a verb

"`mouse' has been verbified by computer users"

(... is a kind of alter ) move from one setting or context to another

"shift the emphasis" "shift one's attention"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed

"The solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of the dust"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring or lead someone to a certain action or condition

"She was drawn to despair" "The President refused to be drawn into delivering an ultimatum" "The session was drawn to a close"

(... is a kind of alter ) change from one form into another

"make water into wine" "make lead into gold" "make clay into bricks"

(... is a kind of alter ) add impurities to (a semiconductor) in order to produce or modify its properties

"The resistors have been doped"

(... is a kind of alter ) render helpless or defenseless

"They prostrated the enemy"

(... is a kind of alter ) produce a magnetic field in

"excite the neurons"

(... is a kind of alter ) raise to a higher energy level

"excite the atoms"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking

"He was shaken from his dreams" "shake the salt out of the salt shaker"

(... is a kind of alter ) make unfashionable, outdated, or obsolete

"Modern ways of cooking have outmoded the hearth"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more interesting or flavorful

"Spice up the evening by inviting a belly dancer"

(... is a kind of alter ) make short or shorter

"shorten the skirt" "shorten the rope by a few inches"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring into a given condition by mental preoccupation

"She thought herself into a state of panic over the final exam"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to be enjoyable or pleasurable

"make my day"

(... is a kind of alter ) produce deflation in

"The new measures deflated the economy"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause prices to rise by increasing the available currency or credit

"The war inflated the economy"

(... is a kind of alter ) economics: raise demand, expand the money supply, or raise prices, after a period of deflation

"These measures reflated the economy"

(... is a kind of alter ) put into digital form, as for use in a computer

"he bought a device to digitize the data"

(... is a kind of alter ) convert into gelatinous form or jelly

"hot water will gelatinize starch"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause genetic recombination

"should scientists recombine DNA?"

(... is a kind of alter ) to give a (more) feminine, effeminate, or womanly quality or appearance to

"This hairdo feminizes the man"

(... is a kind of alter ) produce virilism in or cause to assume masculine characteristics, as through a hormonal imbalance or hormone therapy

"the drugs masculinized the teenage girl"

(... is a kind of alter ) give a masculine appearance or character to

"Fashion designers have masculinized women's looks in the 1990s"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to sound harsh and unpleasant

(... is a kind of alter ) make sexual, endow with sex, attribute sex to

"The god was sexualized and married to another god" "Some languages sexualize all nouns and do not have a neuter gender"

(... is a kind of alter ) give conventional form to

"some art forms schematise designs into geometrical patterns"

(... is a kind of alter ) make open to sight or notice

"His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"

(... is a kind of alter ) incorporate into a constitution, make constitutional

"A woman's right to an abortion was constitutionalized in the 1970's"

(... is a kind of alter ) remove irrational quantities from

"This function can be rationalized"

(... is a kind of alter ) make plastic, as by the addition of a plasticizer

"plasticized PVC"

(... is a kind of alter ) lessen the density or solidity of

"The bones are rarefied"

(... is a kind of alter ) make pagan in character

"The Church paganized Christianity"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become incandescent or glow

"the lamp was incandesced"

(... is a kind of alter ) remove the amino radical (usually by hydrolysis) from an amino compound; to perform deamination

(... is a kind of alter ) make or become angular

(... is a kind of alter ) make circular

(... is a kind of alter ) make (a material) sensitive to light, often of a particular colour, by coating it with a photographic emulsion

"sensitize the photographic film"

(... is a kind of alter ) make sensitive to a drug or allergen

"Long-term exposure to this medicine may sensitize you to the allergen"

(... is a kind of alter ) eliminate the polarization of

(... is a kind of alter ) make the chemically affected part of (a negative) denser or more opaque in order produce a stronger contrast between light and dark

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to change into an isomer

(... is a kind of alter ) make (an illegitimate child) legitimate; declare the legitimacy of (someone)

"They legitimized their natural child"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to change into a vapor

"The chemist evaporated the water"

(... is a kind of alter ) organize (the production of something) into an industry

"The Chinese industrialized textile production"

(... is a kind of alter ) make opaque

"The glass was opacified more greater privacy"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (cells) more susceptible to the action of phagocytes

(... is a kind of alter ) adopt for military use

"militarize the Civil Service"

(... is a kind of alter ) make national in character or scope

"His heroic deeds were nationalized by the press"

(... is a kind of alter ) make attractive or acceptable

"Honesty recommends any person"

(... is a kind of alter ) make (someone or something) sentimental or imbue with sentimental qualities

"Too much poetry sentimentalizes the mind" "These experiences have sentimentalized her"

(... is a kind of alter ) make solemn and grave

"This ceremony solemnized our hearts"

(... is a kind of alter ) place on a territorial basis

"The railways were territorialized"

(... is a kind of alter ) change (an amino group) by transferring it from one compound to another

(... is a kind of alter ) elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration

(... is a kind of alter ) remove the sanctification from or make unsanctified

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become vesicular or full of air cells

"vesiculate an organ"

(... is a kind of alter ) make visible

"With this machine, ultrasound can be visualized"

(... is a kind of alter ) change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors

(... is a kind of alter ) furnish with an opening to allow air to circulate or gas to escape

"The architect did not think about ventilating the storage space"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more striking or animated

"his remarks always vivify an otherwise dull story"

(... is a kind of alter ) debase and make vulgar

"The Press has vulgarized Love and Marriage"

(... is a kind of alter ) make pliant and flexible

"These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use"

(... is a kind of alter ) make professional or give a professional character to

"Philosophy has not always been professionalized and used to be a subject pursued only by amateurs"

(... is a kind of alter ) make obscene

"This line in the play smuts the entire act"

(... is a kind of alter ) make motionless

(... is a kind of alter ) make into or use as a weapon or a potential weapon

"Will modern physicists weaponize String Theory?"

(... is a kind of alter ) give erotic character to or make more interesting

"eroticize the ads"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring into alignment with

"an amendment to piggyback the current law"

(... is a kind of alter ) modify (software) for use on a different machine or platform

(... is a kind of alter ) make one's day-to-day activities more efficient

(... is a kind of alter ) make less clear

"the stroke clouded memories of her youth"

(... is a kind of alter ) make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

"Her remarks confused the debate" "Their words obnubilate their intentions"

(... is a kind of alter ) make less strong or intense; soften

"Tone down that aggressive letter" "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"

(... is a kind of alter ) make obscure or unclear

(... is a kind of alter ) make (motion picture sound) exactly simultaneous with the action

"synchronize this film"

(... is a kind of alter ) make less severe or harsh

"He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"

(... is a kind of alter ) lend a military character to (a country), as by building up a military force

"militarize Germany again after the war"

(... is a kind of alter ) make ineffective

"Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"

(... is a kind of alter ) make fat or plump

"We will plump out that poor starving child"

(... is a kind of alter ) tamper with

"Don't touch my CDs!"

(... is a kind of alter ) make dull in appearance

"Age had dulled the surface"

(... is a kind of alter ) make dull or blunt

"Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge"

(... is a kind of alter ) make sharp or sharper

"sharpen the knives"

(... is a kind of alter ) make or become coarse or coarser

"coarsen the surface" "Their minds coarsened"

(... is a kind of alter ) make less dense

"loosen the soil"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become loose

"undo the shoelace" "untie the knot" "loosen the necktie"

(... is a kind of alter ) provide with barbs

"barbed wire"

(... is a kind of alter ) provide with strings

"string my guitar"

(... is a kind of alter ) make straight

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to come into a particular state or condition

"Long hard years of on the job training had brought them to their competence" "bring water to the boiling point"

(... is a kind of alter ) to bring or combine together or with something else

"resourcefully he mingled music and dance"

(... is a kind of alter ) fill or load to capacity

"charge the wagon with hay"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to be in a certain state; cause to be in a certain relation

"That song put me in awful good humor" "put your ideas in writing"

(... is a kind of alter ) make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

"Clean the stove!" "The dentist cleaned my teeth"

(... is a kind of alter ) make soiled, filthy, or dirty

"don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to drop or sink

"The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"

(... is a kind of alter ) make formless

"the heat deformed the plastic sculpture"

(... is a kind of alter ) destroy the completeness of a set of related items

"The book dealer would not break the set"

(... is a kind of alter ) make an alteration to

"This dress needs to be altered"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

"Decorate the room for the party" "beautify yourself for the special day"

(... is a kind of alter ) make more humane

"The mayor tried to humanize life in the big city"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to be unpretentious

"This experience will humble him"

(... is a kind of alter ) arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

"She alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious"

(... is a kind of alter ) put in or restore to an upright position

"They righted the sailboat that had capsized"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause not to be sensitive

"The war desensitized many soldiers" "The photographic plate was desensitized"

(... is a kind of alter ) eliminate the odor from

"This stick will deodorize your armpits"

(... is a kind of alter ) make visible by means of chemical solutions

"Please develop this roll of film for me"

(... is a kind of alter ) to make less distinct or clear

"The haze blurs the hills"

(... is a kind of alter ) make blind by putting the eyes out

"The criminals were punished and blinded"

(... is a kind of alter ) increase or decrease in intensity

(... is a kind of alter ) alter the flavor of

(... is a kind of alter ) put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

"the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt" "substitute regular milk for fat-free milk" "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit

"This nucleus has captured the slow-moving neutrons" "The star captured a comet"

(... is a kind of alter ) bestow a quality on

"Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company" "The music added a lot to the play" "She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings" "This adds a light note to the program"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring back into original existence, use, function, or position

"restore law and order" "reestablish peace in the region" "restore the emperor to the throne"

(... is a kind of alter ) make liberal or more liberal, of laws and rules

(... is a kind of alter ) make reparations or amends for

"right a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust"

(... is a kind of alter ) introduce democratic reforms; of nations

(... is a kind of alter ) make politically neutral and thus inoffensive

"The treaty neutralized the small republic"

(... is a kind of alter ) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

"debauch the young people with wine and women" "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men" "Do school counselors subvert young children?" "corrupt the morals"

(... is a kind of alter ) make less severe or strict

"The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"

(... is a kind of alter ) bring together for a common purpose or action or ideology or in a shared situation

"the Democratic Patry platform united several splinter groups"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to become a fluffy or lumpy aggregate

"The chemist flocculated the suspended material"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics

"The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him" "The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold"

(... is a kind of alter ) cause to form a united, orderly, and aesthetically consistent whole

"Religion can cohere social groups"

(alter causes ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

Definition 4: insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby - [verb of change]

Synonyms for alter in the sense of this definition

(alter is a kind of ...) prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting

"Edit a book on lexical semantics" "she edited the letters of the politician so as to omit the most personal passages"

Definition 5: make an alteration to - [verb of creation]

Samples where alter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This dress needs to be altered

(alter is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(alter implies ...) create (clothes) with cloth

"Can the seamstress sew me a suit by next week?"

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