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.
- mod·i·fi·a·ble, adjective
- mod·i·fi·a·bil·i·ty, mod·i·fi·a·ble·ness, noun
- non·mod·i·fy·ing, adjective
- o·ver·mod·i·fy, verb, o·ver·mod·i·fied, o·ver·mod·i·fy·ing.
- pre·mod·i·fy, verb (used with object), pre·mod·i·fied, pre·mod·i·fy·ing.
- re·mod·i·fy, verb, re·mod·i·fied, re·mod·i·fy·ing.
- un·mod·i·fi·a·ble, adjective
- un·mod·i·fied, adjective
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How to use modify in a sentence
Long-term cocaine use modifies neural circuits in the brain’s reward pathway, making a steady intake of the drug necessary for the circuits to operate normally.The Epigenetic Secrets Behind Dopamine, Drug Addiction and Depression | R. Douglas Fields | October 27, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Last week, you were playing a modified version of “The Price is Right.”
Though Android is “open source,” meaning it can be freely used and modified, the DOJ argues that Google nonetheless effectively forces device makers to use its own version of Android, which gives prominent placement to Google’s search services.What could change at Google if the Department of Justice gets its way | dzanemorris | October 20, 2020 | Fortune
The California-based firm’s burgers debuted in mainland China at the International Import Expo in Shanghai last November, but the company hasn’t yet received regulatory approval to sell its products, which contain genetically modified yeast.Impossible Foods enters grocery stores outside the U.S. for the first time | Naomi Xu Elegant | October 20, 2020 | Fortune
If you do not need the extreme capability a heavily modified SUV like ours offers, then drive something more suitable to your life.
He created his own crowd-funding platform for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which has yet to be launched.
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 | Aurora Snow | November 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Obamacare can be modified to be more acceptable to Republicans.
Cute labels saying products haven't been genetically modified are designed to profit off of fear, not protect you with science.
In July, Boeing announced a new modified version of its bestselling 737.
Of course the expression of this value is modified and characterized by the nature of the thing spoken of.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The Swedish boatswain consoled him, and he modified his opinions as the voyage went on.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
Modified and amended as their system is in its practical application, it still largely conditions our outlook to-day.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
The characteristics of the different forms are well shown in the table on opposite page, modified from Hill.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
A decision may be modified or set aside when it is regarded as no longer applicable to the present condition of things.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for modify
to change the structure, character, intent, etc, of
to make less extreme or uncompromising: to 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
- modifiable, adjective
- modifiability or modifiableness, noun
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