modifier

[mod-uh-fahy-er]
noun
  1. a person or thing that modifies.
  2. Grammar.
    1. a word, phrase, or sentence element that limits or qualifies the sense of another word, phrase, or element in the same construction.
    2. the immediate constituent of an endocentric construction that is not the head.

Origin of modifier

First recorded in 1575–85; modify + -er1

Usage note

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Related Words for modifiers

adjective, adverb, conditioner, transformer, alterant, alterer

Examples from the Web for modifiers

Contemporary Examples of modifiers

Historical Examples of modifiers

  • Clauses and modifiers must be attached in a way that cannot be overlooked.

  • The noun or pronoun which is the object of a preposition may also have its modifiers.

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    Marian Wharton

  • Since pronouns are used in place of nouns, they may have modifiers, also, just as nouns do.

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    Marian Wharton

  • The simple predicate is the verb or verb phrase without its modifiers.

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    Marian Wharton

  • The complete subject of a sentence is the simple subject with all of its modifiers.

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British Dictionary definitions for modifiers

modifier

noun
  1. Also called: qualifier grammar a word or phrase that qualifies the sense of another word; for example, the noun alarm is a modifier of clock in alarm clock and the phrase every day is an adverbial modifier of walks in he walks every day
  2. a person or thing that modifies
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Word Origin and History for modifiers

modifier

n.

1580s, agent noun of modify. Grammatical sense is from 1865.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

modifiers in Culture

modifier

A word or group of words that describes or limits a verb, noun, adjective, or adverb. Modifiers applied to nouns are adjectives. Modifiers applied to verbs or adjectives are adverbs. Those that are applied to adverbs themselves are also called adverbs.

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