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English noun: alteration

1. alteration (event) an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

SamplesThe change was intended to increase sales.
This storm is certainly a change for the worse.
The neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago.

Synonymschange, modification

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)acceleration, avulsion, birth, break, breakup, chromosomal mutation, conversion, damage, death, decease, deceleration, decrease, deformation, destabilization, detachment, development, drop-off, easing, expiry, fluctuation, genetic mutation, harm, impairment, increase, lessening, loss of consciousness, moderation, mutation, mutation, nascence, nascency, nativity, play, relief, retardation, revolution, scintillation, separation, sex change, shift, shimmer, slowing, sparkling, sublimation, surprise, transformation, transition, transmutation, transmutation, twinkle, vagary, variation

2. alteration (act) the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

Synonymsadjustment, modification

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)accommodation, adaptation, laxation, loosening, tightening, tune

3. alteration (act) the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)

SamplesIt would require a drastic revision of his opinion.


Broader (hypernym)transformation, translation

Narrower (hyponym)distraction, metamorphosis, misdirection, modulation, qualification, reorganization, transfiguration

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