Alter vs Modify - What's the difference?

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Modify is a synonym of alter.



In transitive terms the difference between alter and modify

is that alter is to castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal) while modify is to make partial changes to.

In intransitive terms the difference between alter and modify

is that alter is to become different while modify is to be or become modified.

alter

English

Alternative forms

* altre (obsolete)

Verb

(en verb)
  • To change the form or structure of.
  • * Bible, Psalms lxxxix. 34
  • My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
  • * Shakespeare
  • No power in Venice can alter a decree.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • It gilds all objects, but it alters none.
  • To become different.
  • To tailor clothes to make them fit.
  • To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal).
  • (obsolete) To agitate; to affect mentally.
  • (Milton)

    Derived terms

    * alterer * alterability * alterative * alterable * alterably

    Anagrams

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    modify

    English

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To make partial changes to.
  • To be or become modified.
  • Synonyms

    * adapt, alter, amend, revamp, rework

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