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Alter vs. Amend — What's the Difference?

Alter vs. Amend — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Alter and Amend

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Alter

Change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way
Our outward appearance alters as we get older
Eliot was persuaded to alter the passage

Amend

Make minor changes to (a text, piece of legislation, etc.) in order to make it fairer or more accurate, or to reflect changing circumstances
The rule was amended to apply only to non-members

Alter

To change or make different; modify
Altered my will.

Amend

Improve the texture or fertility of (soil)
Amend your soil with peat moss or compost

Alter

To adjust (a garment) for a better fit.
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Amend

To change for the better; improve
"The confinement appeared to have had very little effect in amending his conduct" (Horatio Alger).

Alter

To castrate or spay (an animal, such as a cat or a dog).

Amend

To alter the wording of (a legal document, for example) so as to make more suitable or acceptable.

Alter

To change or become different.

Amend

To enrich (soil), especially by mixing in organic matter or sand.

Alter

(transitive) To change the form or structure of.

Amend

To better one's conduct; reform.

Alter

(intransitive) To become different.

Amend

(transitive) To make better; improve.

Alter

(transitive) To tailor clothes to make them fit.

Amend

(intransitive) To become better.

Alter

(transitive) To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal).

Amend

To heal (someone sick); to cure (a disease etc.).

Alter

(transitive) To affect mentally, as by psychotropic drugs or illness.

Amend

To be healed, to be cured, to recover (from an illness).

Alter

An identity or headmate of a person with dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder); a member of a system.

Amend

(transitive) To make a formal alteration (in legislation, a report, etc.) by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.

Alter

To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify.
It gilds all objects, but it alters none.
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Amend

An act of righting a wrong; compensation.

Alter

To agitate; to affect mentally.

Amend

Clip of amendment
I've sent over a new version of the doc with some amends.

Alter

To geld.

Amend

To change or modify in any way for the better
Mar not the thing that can not be amended.
An instant emergency, granting no possibility for revision, or opening for amended thought.
We shall cheer her sorrows, and amend her blood, by wedding her to a Norman.

Alter

To become, in some respects, different; to vary; to change; as, the weather alters almost daily; rocks or minerals alter by exposure.

Amend

To grow better by rectifying something wrong in manners or morals; to improve.

Alter

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

Amend

Make amendments to;
Amend the document

Alter

Make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence;
Her mood changes in accordance with the weather
The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season

Amend

To make better;
The editor improved the manuscript with his changes

Alter

Make an alteration to;
This dress needs to be altered

Amend

Set straight or right;
Remedy these deficiencies
Rectify the inequities in salaries
Repair an oversight

Alter

Insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby

Alter

Remove the ovaries of;
Is your cat spayed?

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