tamper
intransitive verb (tampered; tampering) Etymology: probably from Middle French temprer to temper, mix, meddle — more at temper Date: 1567 1. to carry on underhand or improper negotiations (as by bribery) 2. a. to interfere so as to weaken or change for the worse — used with with <
did not want to tamper with tradition
>
b. to try foolish or dangerous experiments — used with with c. to render something harmful or dangerous by altering its structure or composition <
was charged with tampering with consumer products
>
tamperer nountamperproof adjective

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