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v. al·tered, al·ter·ing, al·ters
1. To change or make different; modify: altered my will.
2. To adjust (a garment) for a better fit.
3. To castrate or spay (an animal, such as a cat or a dog).
To change or become different.

[Middle English alteren, from Old French alterer, from Medieval Latin alterāre, from Latin alter, other; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

al′ter·a·bil′i·ty, al′ter·a·ble·ness n.
al′ter·a·ble adj.
al′ter·a·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.altered - changed in form or character without becoming something else; "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"- Charles Dickens
unaltered, unchanged - remaining in an original state; "persisting unaltered through time"
2.altered - having testicles or ovaries removedaltered - having testicles or ovaries removed
castrated, unsexed - deprived of sexual capacity or sexual attributes
3.altered - changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purposealtered - changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose; "seeds precisely adapted to the area"; "instructions altered to suit the children's different ages"
modified - changed in form or character; "their modified stand made the issue more acceptable"; "the performance of the modified aircraft was much improved"
References in classic literature ?
Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army.
This change had brought them nigher to each other, however, while it altered their relative positions.
In this depth of grief and pity she felt that there was no irreverence in gazing at his altered, aged, faded, ruined face.
The bridge became more than ever an object of superstitious awe; and that may be the reason why the road has been altered of late years, so as to approach the church by the border of the mill-pond.
But unlike Captain Peleg --who cared not a rush for what are called serious things, and indeed deemed those selfsame serious things the veriest of all trifles --Captain Bildad had not only been originally educated according to the strictest sect of Nantucket Quakerism, but all his subsequent ocean life, and the sight of many unclad, lovely island creatures, round the Horn --all that had not moved this native born Quaker one single jot, had not so much as altered one angle of his vest.
But when Leviathan is the text, the case is altered.
There was no use kicking about this--there had been one delegation after another to see the packers about it, only to be told that it was the rule, and that there was not the slightest chance of its ever being altered.
Pale, shivering, with rigid features and compressed lips, she looked an entirely altered being from the soft and timid creature she had been hitherto.
A happy and prosperous country, and strangely altered.
One or two very important features of it were altered, and in time effects would result from this, if opportunity offered--effects of a quite serious nature, too.
Tom considered, was about to consent; but he altered his mind:
Marianne is as steadfast as ever, you see," said Elinor, "she is not at all altered.