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 Dictionary entry overview: What does altered mean? 

ALTERED (adjective)
  The adjective ALTERED has 3 senses:

1. changed in form or character without becoming something else
2. having testicles or ovaries removed
3. changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose

  Familiarity information: ALTERED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ALTERED (adjective)

Sense 1altered [BACK TO TOP]


Changed in form or character without becoming something else

Context examples:

the altered policy promised success / following an altered course we soon found ourselves back in civilization / he looked...with clouded eyes and with an altered manner of breathing


adjusted ((especially of garments) having the fit or style adjusted)

changed (made or become different in some respect)

edited; emended (improved or corrected by critical editing)

paraphrastic (altered by paraphrasing)

revised (improved or brought up to date)


unaltered (remaining in an original state)

Sense 2altered [BACK TO TOP]


Having testicles or ovaries removed


neutered; altered


castrated; unsexed (deprived of sexual capacity or sexual attributes)

Sense 3altered [BACK TO TOP]


Changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose


adapted; altered

Context examples:

seeds precisely adapted to the area / instructions altered to suit the children's different ages


modified (changed in form or character)

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