make less severe or harsh or extreme
"please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"
add a modifier to a constituent
change, alter, modify(verb)
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
To make partial changes to.
To be or become modified.
Origin: From modifien, from modifier, from modificare, from modificari, from modus + facere; see mode.
to change somewhat the form or qualities of; to alter somewhat; as, to modify a contrivance adapted to some mechanical purpose; to modify the terms of a contract
to limit or reduce in extent or degree; to moderate; to qualify; to lower
Origin: [F. modifier, L. modificare, modificari; modus limit + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Mode, and -fy.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mod′i-fī, v.t. to set bounds to: to moderate: to change the form or quality of: to alter slightly: to vary.—adj. Modifī′able.—n. Modificā′tion, act of modifying or state of being modified: result of alteration or change: changed shape or condition.—adjs. Mod′ificātive, Mod′ificātory, tending to modify: causing change of form or condition.—n. Mod′ifīer. [Fr. modifier—L. modificāre, -ātum—modus, a measure, facĕre, to make.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'modify' in Verbs Frequency: #667
The numerical value of modify in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of modify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
It is incorrect when it says that Congress can actually modify terms of an agreement at any time. That is flat wrong.
It is incorrect when (the letter) says that Congress can actually modify the terms of an agreement at any time. That is flat wrong.
A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas-a place where history comes to life.
Behavior change techniques are the tools that have emerged out of decades-old research on behavior change which have shown some level of effectiveness at helping people to modify their behavior.
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- modificarCatalan, Valencian
- ändern, abändern, modifizierenGerman
- προσδιορίζω, μετατρέπομαι, μετατρέπωGreek
- muokata, määrittää, muunnellaFinnish
- veranderen, modificerenDutch
- изменяться, модифицироваться, изменять, модифицироватьRussian
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