altered

Something altered is changed. Your recently altered appearance, including a new short haircut and stylish new clothes, might surprise your grandparents when they pick you up at the airport.

Altered is an adjective that describes anything that's been changed or modified. You might need altered clothing after you succeed at your diet, or feel like you are in an "altered state" after you've been hypnotized. Altered behavior is behavior you have changed, like the altered habits of your housebroken dog. Altered comes from the Medieval Latin alterare, or "to change."

Definitions of altered
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adj 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”
Synonyms:
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
Antonyms:
unaltered, unchanged
remaining in an original state
dateless, timeless
unaffected by time
in-situ, unmoved
being in the original position; not having been moved
unedited
not changed by editing
unreduced
not altered by reduction
unrevised
not improved or brought up to date
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adj changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose

“instructions altered to suit the children's different ages”
Synonyms:
adapted
modified
changed in form or character

adj having testicles or ovaries removed

Synonyms:
neutered
castrated, unsexed
deprived of sexual capacity or sexual attributes

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