al·​tered ˈȯl-tərd How to pronounce altered (audio)
: made different in some way
… she addressed me again, speaking in very altered tones; so altered, that I hardly recognised them as hers.Wilkie Collins
… no great change had taken place inside him, but his exterior was visibly altered.Booth Tarkington

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Pro Bowl Games take place under an altered format this year in Las Vegas. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 30 Jan. 2023 The Chinese CEOs that now operate in this altered reality are nothing like Ma. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 30 Sep. 2022 Anna’s imaginary conversations, hallucinations and dreams create an atmosphere of altered reality, all of which would be very easy to accept as genre convention if aspects of Anna’s at-home existence didn’t emerge as quasi-comic. John Anderson, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 Some genes, like FOXP2, are definitely involved, as living people with altered versions experience language impairments. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2018 For pain, scientists can observe altered reflexes or eating and drinking habits. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 13 Jan. 2023 To hide the scheme, Maurello edited and altered payroll reports, falsely changing the employees’ names and the dates and dollar amounts of the payments, the indictment stated. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 13 Jan. 2023 The altered electoral geography allows Biden to create a new policy without worrying about its impact on a relatively small number of voters who could tip the balance in Florida. William Neuman, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2023 Given the exceptionally long theatrical run of the original, as well as the altered post-pandemic landscape, industry watchers feel the sequel’s ultimate box office potential can’t be accurately assessed until long after the holiday season. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 5 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


from past participle of alter

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of altered was in 1563

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“Altered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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