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This, I dare say, will make them alter their behaviour to you.

To this he consents; but he has not courage to alter the family customs.

Christine might be right, but that did not alter things for him.

They often say in their Gnomic aphorisms, ‘Even the Gods cannot alter the past.’

It was all in vain, he confesses; he could not alter the convictions of the Empress.

To say that an officer is never, for any object, to alter his orders, is what I cannot comprehend.

I cannot say that I am pleased with all I have written—yet will not now alter it.

That she would so alter her affairs that I might be entangled in no lawsuits.

"That is one of the habits I must alter in the children," thought Constance.

However much you may try to explain it, you cannot alter it.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to change (something)," from Old French alterer "change, alter," from Medieval Latin alterare "to change," from Latin alter "the other (of the two)," from PIE *al- "beyond" (see alias (adv.)) + comparative suffix -ter (cf. other). Intransitive sense "to become otherwise" first recorded 1580s. Related: Altered; altering.

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