verb (used with object), mod·u·lat·ed, mod·u·lat·ing.
- to attune to a certain pitch or key.
- to vary the volume of (tone).
verb (used without object), mod·u·lat·ed, mod·u·lat·ing.
- to modulate a carrier wave.
- Citizens Band Radio Slang.to talk; visit: Enjoyed modulating with you.
Origin of modulate
Synonyms for modulate
Related Words for modulatinginflect, balance, tone, tweak, fine-tune, vary, revamp, switch, restrain, transmogrify, attune, regulate, temper, tune
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Contemporary Examples of modulating
Modulating your tone and positions is something you have to do when you live in a two-party state.Rick Scott & Rick Perry: A Tale of Two Ricks in Palm Beach
April 9, 2013
Historical Examples of modulating
"You will find two hundred dollars there," he adds, modulating his voice.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
And I too, I have loved and have haunted the roofs, modulating the while the roll of my bass.A Tour Through The Pyrenees
Hippolyte Adolphe Taine
This test is made by modulating the voice, reducing it to a whisper.The Montessori Method
She leaned a little toward him, modulating her voice for his ear alone.The Salamander
Then modulating his voice in unison Kiau Sun began to chant.Kai Lung's Golden Hours
- to subject to or undergo modulation in music
- (often foll by to)to make or become in tune (with a pitch, key, etc)
Word Origin for modulate
1610s, in music, back-formation from modulation, or else from Latin modulatus, past participle of modulari. General sense from 1620s. In telecommunications from 1908. Related: Modulated; modulating.