Definitions for modifyˈmɒd əˌfaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mod•i•fyˈmɒd əˌfaɪ(v.)-fied, -fy•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend:

    to modify a contract.

  2. (of a word, phrase, or clause) to stand in a syntactically subordinate relation to (another word, phrase, or clause), usu. with descriptive, limiting, or particularizing meaning; act as a modifier: In a good cook, good modifies cook.

    Category: Grammar

  3. to change (a vowel) by umlaut.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  4. to reduce in degree or extent:

    to modify one's demands.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (v.i.)to be or become modified.

Origin of modify:

1350–1400; ME < MF modifier < L modificāre to regulate, restrain. See mode1, -i- , -fy


Princeton's WordNet

  1. modify(verb)

    make less severe or harsh or extreme

    "please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"

  2. modify, qualify(verb)

    add a modifier to a constituent

  3. 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"


  1. modify(Verb)

    To make partial changes to.

  2. modify(Verb)

    To be or become modified.

  3. Origin: From modifien, from modifier, from modificare, from modificari, from modus + facere; see mode.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Modify(verb)

    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

  2. Modify(verb)

    to limit or reduce in extent or degree; to moderate; to qualify; to lower

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'modify' in Verbs Frequency: #667

Translations for modify

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to change the form or quality of, usually slightly

We had to modify the original design.

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