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Difference Between Alter and Altar

Homophones are the words having similar spelling (or) pronunciation but with different meanings.


Here, Alter and Altar form a pair of Homophones. Let’s move on to find out the difference between the two.

What does alter mean?

▪ to change; to make something different

  1. Would you alter the dress you purchased recently?
  2. He will not alter his plans under any circumstances.
  3. You can’t alter my opinion about Radha.

What does altar mean?

▪ a platform in which religious rituals are performed

  1. The bride approached the altar to get married.
  2. Witches sacrifice humans on the altar to gain dark powers.

What’s the difference?

  1. Alter is a Verb and Altar is a Noun.
  2. Pronunciation of Alter: awl-ter
    Pronunciation of Altar: awl-tar
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