verb (used with object), mod·i·fied, mod·i·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), mod·i·fied, mod·i·fy·ing.
Origin of modify
Examples from the Web for modify
Like Berners-Lee, Cunningham made his basic software available for anyone to modify and use.
McNaughton says Pennsylvania has no plans to modify its existing cocktail.
Or, you can modify that rule by observing that each work of art generates its own unique rules….Liberate Poetry! Robert Pinsky’s Manifesto for Readers|Daniel Bosch|August 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If Truffaut had lived to see Platoon, the best film of 1986, he might have wanted to modify his opinion.
If the senior rabbis had the will, Michaelson said, they could reinterpret the Torah and modify Halakhic, or religious, law.Gay Orthodox Jews Sue Over Therapy That Claims to ‘Cure’ Them|Zoë Blackler|November 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Legacies, for some obscure and illogical cause, do modify attitudes towards marriages.The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories|Arnold Bennett
To contract or to dilate it would be to modify both the psychical evolution that fills it and the invention which is its goal.Creative Evolution|Henri Bergson
Slight as was the change in her course, it sufficed to modify sensibly the sailing of the vessel.The Waif of the "Cynthia"|Andr Laurie and Jules Verne
I hinted that we had one or two faults to modify our perfection, but he was not in a mood for such consideration.His Majesty Baby and Some Common People|Ian MacLaren
In those five years he had never known her change or modify an opinion of people or of things.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for modify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (mainly tr)
Word Origin for modify
Word Origin and History for modify
late 14c., from Old French modifier (14c.), from Latin modificare "to limit, measure off, restrain," from modus "measure, manner" (see mode (n.1)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Modified; modifying.