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
: castrated sense 1a
I've noticed that my altered cats and my older cats have more dandruff than the unaltered and younger ones.Susie Page

Examples of altered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Southwest Airlines flights made up a majority of the altered flights, with 10 cancellations and 20 delays. Kira Caspers, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2024 In part due to the altered pressure changes, the organization of tropical clouds changes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 July 2024 Researchers have suggested genetics, altered microbiomes, and other medications that promote weight gain as possible reasons for this. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 1 July 2024 Any item returned that has been worn, altered, stained or washed will be refused upon inspection. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for altered 

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Word History


from past participle of alter

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of altered was in 1563

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“Altered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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