- to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend: to modify a contract.
- Grammar. (of a word, phrase, or clause) to stand in a syntactically subordinate relation to (another word, phrase, or clause), usually with descriptive, limiting, or particularizing meaning; be a modifier. In a good man, good modifies man.
- to be the modifier or attribute of.
- to change (a vowel) by umlaut.
- to reduce or lessen in degree or extent; moderate; soften: to modify one's demands.
- to be or become modified.
Origin of modify
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1. vary, adjust, shape, reform.
5. Modify, qualify, temper suggest altering an original statement, condition, or the like, so as to avoid anything excessive or extreme. To modify is to alter in one or more particulars, generally in the direction of leniency or moderation: to modify demands, rates. To qualify is to restrict or limit by exceptions or conditions: to qualify one's praise, hopes. To temper is to alter the quality of something, generally so as to diminish its force or harshness: to temper one's criticism with humor.
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Examples from the Web for modified
My birth certificate was modified, I changed my name, and when I was sixteen I emancipated from my grandparents and my father.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
But Obamacare can be modified to be more acceptable to Republicans.The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns
P. J. O’Rourke
November 8, 2014
And the fastest-growing sector is the world of modified vaporizers I tried at the counter of the vaporium.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
At issue was the modified language concerning the “specific selection terms” the NSA can use to get information.The NSA Wins Again. You Lose
May 22, 2014
When those regulatory signals are modified, as in the case of GDF11 in these studies, unwanted proliferation can occur.This Is the Way You’ll Live Forever
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
May 6, 2014
In taking his aim Kingozi modified his usual custom because of the distance.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
This modified form of gambling is especially dangerous to the young.In the Heart of Vosges
Again, whether these evils can or cannot be modified and removed?Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
I came in a panic, which is still there, but in a modified degree.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Do you think the rays can be so modified as to photograph the organs of the human body?
- to change the structure, character, intent, etc, of
- to make less extreme or uncompromisingto modify a demand
- grammar (of a word or group of words) to bear the relation of modifier to (another word or group of words)
- linguistics to change (a vowel) by umlaut
- (intr) to be or become modified
C14: from Old French modifier, from Latin modificāre to limit, control, from modus measure + facere to make
Word Origin and History for modified
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