Dictionary.com

modulate

[ moj-uh-leyt ]
/ 藞m蓲d蕭 蓹藢le瑟t /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: modulate / modulated on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), mod路u路lat路ed, mod路u路lat路ing.
to regulate by or adjust to a certain measure or proportion; soften; tone down.
to alter or adapt (the voice) according to the circumstances, one's listener, etc.
Music.
  1. to attune to a certain pitch or key.
  2. to vary the volume of (tone).
Telecommunications. to cause the amplitude, frequency, phase, or intensity of (a carrier wave) to vary in accordance with a sound wave or other signal, the frequency of the signal wave usually being very much lower than that of the carrier.
verb (used without object), mod路u路lat路ed, mod路u路lat路ing.
Telecommunications.
  1. to modulate a carrier wave.
  2. Citizens Band Radio Slang. to talk; visit: Enjoyed modulating with you.
Music. to pass from one key to another: to modulate abruptly from A to B flat.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes 鈥渟ky blue鈥?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of modulate

1550鈥60; <Latin modul膩tus (past participle of modul膩r墨 to regulate (sounds), set to music, play an instrument). See module, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM modulate

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use modulate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for modulate

modulate
/ (藞m蓲dj蕣藢le瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to change the tone, pitch, or volume of
(tr) to adjust or regulate the degree of
music
  1. to subject to or undergo modulation in music
  2. (often foll by to) to make or become in tune (with a pitch, key, etc)
(tr) physics electronics to cause to vary by a process of modulation

Derived forms of modulate

modulability (藢m蓲dj蕣l蓹藞b瑟l瑟t瑟), nounmodulative or modulatory, adjectivemodulator, noun

Word Origin for modulate

C16: from Latin modul膩tus in due measure, melodious, from modul膩r墨 to regulate, from modus measure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for modulate

modulate
[ m艔j蓹-l膩t鈥 ]

To vary the amplitude, frequency, or some other characteristic of a signal or power source. See also amplitude modulation frequency modulation.
The American Heritage庐 Science Dictionary Copyright 漏 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK