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1. changed in form or character without becoming something else;
- Example: "the altered policy promised success"
- Example: "following an altered course we soon found ourselves back in civilization"
- Example: "he looked...with clouded eyes and with an altered manner of breathing"- Charles Dickens

2. having testicles or ovaries removed;
[syn: altered, neutered]

3. changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose;
- Example: "seeds precisely adapted to the area"
- Example: "instructions altered to suit the children's different ages"
[syn: adapted, altered]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Alter \Al"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Altered; p. pr. & vb. n. Altering.] [F. alt['e]rer, LL. alterare, fr. L. alter other, alius other. Cf. Else, Other.] 1. To make otherwise; to change in some respect, either partially or wholly; to vary; to modify. "To alter the king's course." "To alter the condition of a man." "No power in Venice can alter a decree." --Shak. [1913 Webster] It gilds all objects, but it alters none. --Pope. [1913 Webster] My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. --Ps. lxxxix. 34. [1913 Webster] 2. To agitate; to affect mentally. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To geld. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Syn: Change, Alter. Usage: Change is generic and the stronger term. It may express a loss of identity, or the substitution of one thing in place of another; alter commonly expresses a partial change, or a change in form or details without destroying identity. [1913 Webster]