- 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.
- to attune to a certain pitch or key.
- 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.
- to modulate a carrier wave.
- 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.
Origin of modulate
Synonyms for modulate
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Historical Examples of well-modulated
"I want to see the manager," said the woman in a well-modulated voice.Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman
Emma Speed Sampson
“Pardon me for interrupting you, Mr. Macdonald,” he said in well-modulated tones.The Cryptogram
William Murray Graydon
He found the place and began to read in a resonant, well-modulated voice.The Rest Hollow Mystery
Rebecca N. Porter
He speaks in well-modulated tones, the accents nasal and decided.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
The suave and well-modulated voice of Mr. Hotchkiss rang in his ears.Gabriel Tolliver
Joel Chandler Harris
- (tr) to change the tone, pitch, or volume of
- (tr) to adjust or regulate the degree of
- to subject to or undergo modulation in music
- (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
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.
- To vary the amplitude, frequency, or some other characteristic of a signal or power source. See also amplitude modulation frequency modulation.