What does modify mean?

Definitions for modifyˈmɒd əˌfaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word modify.

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"

Wiktionary

  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

  3. Origin: [F. modifier, L. modificare, modificari; modus limit + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Mode, and -fy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Modify

    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, -ātummodus, a measure, facĕre, to make.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of modify in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of modify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Quentin Crisp:

    Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.

  2. State John Kerry:

    It is incorrect when it says that Congress can actually modify terms of an agreement at any time. That is flat wrong.

  3. State John Kerry:

    It is incorrect when (the letter) says that Congress can actually modify the terms of an agreement at any time. That is flat wrong.

  4. Norman Cousins:

    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.

  5. David Conroy:

    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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