The pants are too long, the jacket too tight and the vest is too short. Looks like your suit is in need of some serious alteration, or adjustment.

No one knows alterations like tailors. All they do is adjust, modify and otherwise alter people's ill fitting clothes. But hemlines aren't the only things that can undergo alteration. Savvy scientists may someday make alterations to genetic sequencing — just like Dr. Jekyll underwent some serious alterations to become Mr. Hyde.

Definitions of alteration

n the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)

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distraction, misdirection
the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something
the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion (as with regard to artistic effect)
the act of modifying or changing the strength of some idea
an extensive alteration of the structure of a corporation or government
metamorphosis, transfiguration
a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
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transformation, translation
the act of changing in form or shape or appearance

n the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

adjustment, modification
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laxation, loosening
the act of making something less tight
the act of making something tighter
(physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the natural lens of the eye
(physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)
the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency
undoing, unfastening, untying
loosening the ties that fasten something
dark adaptation
the process of adjusting the eyes to low levels of illumination; cones adapt first; rods continue to adapt for up to four hours
light adaptation
the process of adjusting the eyes to relatively high levels of illumination; the pupil constricts and the cones system is operative
the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in
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the action of changing something

n an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

change, modification
the death of Jesus by crucifixion
Great Schism
the period from 1378 to 1417 during which there were two papacies in the Roman Catholic Church, one in Rome and one in Avignon
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an increase in rate of change
deceleration, retardation, slowing
a decrease in rate of change
an abrupt change in the course of a stream that forms the boundary between two parcels of land resulting in the loss of part of the land of one landowner and a consequent increase in the land of another
an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
a change or alteration in form or qualities
(psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable
a sudden unexpected event
birth, nascence, nascency, nativity
the event of being born
breakup, detachment, separation
coming apart
an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)
fluctuation, variation
an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
a change of religion
death, decease, expiry
the event of dying or departure from life
decrease, drop-off, lessening
a change downward
an event that causes a loss of equilibrium (as of a ship or aircraft)
a change resulting in an increase
easing, moderation, relief
a change for the better
alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it
a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another
shift, transformation, transmutation
a qualitative change
scintillation, sparkling, twinkle
a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
play, shimmer
a weak and tremulous light
(physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment)
damage, harm, impairment
the occurrence of a change for the worse
a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving
chromosomal mutation, genetic mutation, mutation
(genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism
sex change
a change in a person's physical sexual characteristics (as by surgery and hormone treatments)
loss of consciousness
the occurrence of a loss of the ability to perceive and respond
getaway, pickup
the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration
an unexpected acceleration or hastening
bombshell, thunderbolt, thunderclap
a shocking surprise
coup de theatre
a dramatic surprise
eye opener
something surprising and revealing
peripeteia, peripetia, peripety
a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)
blow, shock
an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
an unexpected and amazing event
something that extricates you from embarrassment
shrinkage, shrinking
process or result of becoming less or smaller
breach, break, falling out, rift, rupture, severance
a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
the event of giving birth
live birth
the birth of a living fetus (regardless of the length of gestation)
posthumous birth
birth of a child by Caesarean section after the death of the mother
posthumous birth
birth of a child after the father has died
rebirth, reincarnation, renascence
a second or new birth
fatality, human death
a death resulting from an accident or a disaster
death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause
the death of a million people
departure, exit, expiration, going, loss, passing, release
euphemistic expressions for death
wrongful death
a death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence; a death that can serve as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the dead person's family or heirs
a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something
(chemistry) variability in chemical composition without variation in crystalline form
a decrease of military personnel or equipment
Christianisation, Christianization
conversion to Christianity
a slow fall or decline (as for lack of strength)
a wearing down to weaken or destroy
breath of fresh air
a welcome relief
advance, betterment, improvement
a change for the better; progress in development
ground swell
an obvious change of public opinion or political sentiment that occurs without leadership or overt expression
jump, leap, saltation
an abrupt transition
population shift
a change in the relative numbers of the different groups of individuals making up a population
transformation of a substance produced by the action of heat
sea change
a profound transformation
(chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid
tin disease, tin pest, tin plague
the transformation of ordinary white tin into powdery grey tin at very cold temperatures
departure, deviation, difference, divergence
a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
the occurrence of breaking
the amount by which something increases
increase in density
a sudden great increase
jump, leap
a sudden and decisive increase
run-up, runup
a substantial increase over a relatively short period of time
a gradual increase in magnitude or extent
changeover, conversion, transition
an event that results in a transformation
detriment, hurt
a damage or loss
dwindling, dwindling away
a becoming gradually less
a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent
turn, turn of events, twist
an unforeseen development
a remarkable development
complication, ramification
a development that complicates a situation
Cultural Revolution, Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
a radical reform in China initiated by Mao Zedong in 1965 and carried out largely by the Red Guard; intended to eliminate counterrevolutionary elements in the government it resulted in purges of the intellectuals and socioeconomic chaos
green revolution
the introduction of pesticides and high-yield grains and better management during the 1960s and 1970s which greatly increased agricultural productivity
(genetics) the loss or absence of one or more nucleotides from a chromosome
(genetics) a kind of mutation in which the order of the genes in a section of a chromosome is reversed
(genetics) a kind of mutation in which a chromosomal segment is transfered to a new position on the same or another chromosome
gene mutation, point mutation
(genetics) a mutation due to an intramolecular reorganization of a gene
(genetics) a return to a normal phenotype (usually resulting from a second mutation)
(genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species
degeneration, retrogression
passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form
becoming stronger
becoming weaker
deformation, distortion
a change for the worse
ladder, ravel, run
a row of unravelled stitches
permutation, replacement, substitution, switch, transposition
an event in which one thing is substituted for another
business cycle, trade cycle
recurring fluctuations in economic activity consisting of recession and recovery and growth and decline
daily variation
fluctuations that occur between one day and the next
diurnal variation
fluctuations that occur during each day
something that may increase or decrease (like the tides of the sea)
deliquium, faint, swoon, syncope
a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain
(physics) a deformation of an object in which parallel planes remain parallel but are shifted in a direction parallel to themselves
(physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
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happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

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