Definition of alteration in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôltəˈrāSH(ə)n/


The action or process of altering or being altered: timetables are subject to alteration without notice alterations had to be made
More example sentences
  • The only major alteration was the transformation of a poky shower room and toilet into an elegant pampering place.
  • Is it even remotely possible that there will be a grand macro change without significant micro alteration here?
  • Jung accepted that this course is never intractably fixed; it may at any time be subject to alteration.
change, adjustment, adaptation, modification, variation, revision, amendment;
rearrangement, reordering, restyling, rejigging, reworking, revamping;


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin alteratio(n-), from the verb alterare (see alter).

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Syllabification: al·ter·a·tion

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