al·​tered | \ ˈȯl-tərd How to pronounce altered (audio) \

Definition of altered

: 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

Examples of altered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flying gives people that connection to an altered state that is not actually real. Laura Parker, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 LoVecchio said workers often come into the emergency department in an altered state, sometimes even unconscious. Zayna Syed, The Arizona Republic, 15 Sep. 2021 The game — a curiosity in America — provides a singular lens through which to examine the immigrant experience in an altered landscape. Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 The symptoms range from mild to severe, and can include headaches, dizziness and altered brain function, according to the study in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2020 But for the most part, what patients are suffering from is an altered sense of flavor, a perception of what's being tasted that largely depends on the nose, said Dr. Justin Turner of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Smell and Taste Center. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 As terrified Afghan citizens, especially women and children, look for safe asylum, India’s own altered refugee and citizenship policy may severely impact its humanitarian efforts. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 17 Aug. 2021 Oversized, sagging or altered pants are not allowed. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 After last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic, the Newport Folk Festival is back, albeit in an altered form that defers to the fact that the coronavirus is still very much with us., 22 July 2021

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First Known Use of altered

1563, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for altered

from past participle of alter

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The first known use of altered was in 1563

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13 Oct 2021

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“Altered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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