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alteration

al·ter·a·tion

alteration

 
 
pronunciation:
awl t reI shn
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Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the state or process of altering.
Making a movie out of the complicated novel required substantial alteration of the plot.
synonyms:
adaptation, adjustment, change, modification, revision
antonyms:
preservation
similar words:
amendment, conversion, qualification
definition 2: the condition of being altered.
synonyms:
adaptation, adjustment, change, modification
antonyms:
preservation
similar words:
conversion, shift
definition 3: a modification or change.
The suit needs alterations for it to fit him well.
synonyms:
amendment, difference, metamorphosis, modification, qualification, transformation, variation
similar words:
change, commutation, conversion
Word Parts
The word alteration contains the following part:
-ation Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ation is a compound of -ate1 + -ion. It turns verbs ending in -ate into nouns (decorate/ decoration ). Not all nouns with this suffix, however, have a corresponding verb ending in -ate (information , alteration ).