fil·​tered ˈfil-tərd How to pronounce filtered (audio)
: having unwanted elements (such as sediments) removed by means of a filter : subjected to filtration
filtered water
: made less intense, full, or pure by being partially blocked
plants that do well in filtered sunlight
Adjustable slats (vanes) fit between sheets of polyester fabric, allowing a filtered view or complete privacy.Daniel Gregory
Frantic July tourist cars sent up a filtered sound and smell through the tall plane trees below the windows.M. F. K. Fisher
: having a filter
filtered cigarettes
A few days or perhaps weeks later, the person moves into one of the big, specially filtered rooms and starts the chemotherapy, which is tenderly called ablation.Sallie Tisdale

Word History


(senses 1 & 2) from past participle of filter entry 2; (sense 3) filter entry 1 + -ed entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of filtered was circa 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Filtered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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