What is the difference between alter and altar?

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Alter (verb) –  to change in character or composition, usually in a small but significant way

  • We alter English writing to make it better.
  • Jane is having her dress altered.
  • I would be happy if you would alter the colour of the paint.

Altar (noun) – a sacred table in a church used for religious ritual

  • There is an ornate altar at the front of the church.
  • John and Jane made their wedding vows at the altar.


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