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
Exactly which modified version of uracil the companies may have introduced into the vaccine could also affect RNA stability, and thus the temperature at which each vaccine needs to be stored.Here’s why COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer’s need to be kept so cold | Tina Hesman Saey | November 20, 2020 | Science News
However, the form did not say whether Apple was for or against the bill or whether it wanted to modify it in any way.Apple is lobbying against a bill aimed at stopping forced labor in China | Reed Albergotti | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
What I would not do is “switch” your phrase or broad match modified keywords to broad match.Google Ads wants advertisers to give broad match another shot | Ginny Marvin | November 16, 2020 | Search Engine Land
This ability to modify and re-wire itself is known as brain “plasticity.”Kids use more of the brain than adults do to process language | Diane Lincoln | November 13, 2020 | Science News For Students
With exercise, he recommended modifying your routine by only 5 percent to 10 percent to start.How to detox from election anxiety, according to mental health experts | Allyson Chiu | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
However, its cousin, software that modifies itself, is at work everywhere, and has been for a long time.This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection | James Barrat | February 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Environment modifies his nature: environment consists of the operation of forces external to his nature.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
It is thus obvious that the drainage of the soil modifies its properties both mechanically and chemically.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
Coherence is the second principle which modifies the internal structure of a composition.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Man really modifies his gods in terms of the ideal human being.Theism or Atheism | Chapman Cohen
The good judge continually modifies the laws of his country to the advantage of mankind.The Trial of Theodore Parker | Theodore Parker
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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