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alter
To make different, to change.

"When she lost weight, she had to have all of her clothes altered to fit her new size."

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alter ego
1. Another self.
2. A very close friend.

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were alter egos in a tale of horror."

Word Entries at Word Info: “alter
altar, alter
altar (AWL tur) (noun)
A stand or platform used in a place of worship: The minister placed the Bible on the altar as he read passages to the congregation.

Catherine knelt at the altar to pray.

alter (ALW tur) (verb)
1. To change, transform, make different, modify: The blond wig seemed to completely alter Jane's appearance. She said she would also alter her dress.
2. To castrate or to spay an animal; such as, a cat or a dog: The family dog was taken to the animal center so the vet could alter it.

The minister wanted to alter the church altar before the next worship service.

alter (ALW tur) (verb), alters; altered; altering
1. To change, transform, make different, amend, modify, or vary: The blonde wig completely altered Laura's appearance and she said that she would also alter her dress.

When the woman lost weight, she had all of her clothes altered to fit her new figure.

2. To spay or to perform a medical operation an animal; such as, a cat or a dog: Ted's dog was taken to the vet to be altered so she couldn't have any puppies.
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(Latin: different, other, another; to change, to modify)
Word Entries at Word Info containing the term: “alter
alter ego
The other "I" [ego].

An inseparable friend [your other self].

The idea is that an alter ego may be considered as speaking or acting for the other self within oneself.

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alter ego (s) (noun), alter egos (pl)
1. Another side of oneself; a second self; or another aspect of one's self: The characters "Dr. Jekyll" and "Mr. Hyde" were alter egos in a literary tale of horror.
2. A very close and trusted friend who seems almost a part of someone's self: Leonard and Lance grew up together in the same neighborhood, went to the same elementary school, the same high school, and seemed to be alter egos among their friends at the college they both attended after graduation.
3. A second self; a perfect substitute or deputy: Jim's assistant manager acts as his alter ego when he is not in the office.
4. Etymology: from Latin alter, "other" + ego, "I, self".
A close friend or a second self.
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alter idem
the same self; another self

A description of a completely trustworthy friend, an alter ego both of which convey the same meaning.

Anyone who is your alter idem, or alter ego, is your inseparable friend.

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Alter ipse amicus. (Latin statement)
Translation: "A friend is a second self."
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tamquam alter idem
As if a second self.

Cicero used the expression, "as if a second self", to describe a completely trustworthy friend; such as, an alter ego ("other I") or alter idem ("another self") are both considered to be one's inseparable friend.

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Uno avulso, non deficit alter.
When one is torn away, another is not wanted.

Motto of the Kingdom of Austria.

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