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English word alter comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂el-, and later Proto-Indo-European *h₂élteros (Other (of two), second.).

Alter etymology ?

Alter detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂el- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to raise, feed, nourish, beyond, to grow
*h₂élteros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Other (of two), second.
*alteros Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
altera Latin (lat)
alterare Malayalam (mal)
alterer Old French (fro)
alter English (eng) (intransitive) To become different.. (transitive) To affect mentally, as by psychotropic drugs or illness.. (transitive) To castrate, neuter or spay (a dog or other animal).. (transitive) To change the form or structure of.. (transitive) To tailor clothes to make them fit.

Words with the same origin as alter

Descendants of *h₂el-
adultery alias alibi alien ally altar alternate altitude elder element elementary ellen else elsewhere hi high highway ol' old ole ou underworld world worldwide