verb mod·i·fy \ˈmä-də-ˌfī\

: to change some parts of (something) while not changing other parts

grammar : to limit or describe the meaning of (a word or group of words)


Full Definition of MODIFY

transitive verb
:  to make less extreme :  moderate
a :  to limit or restrict the meaning of especially in a grammatical construction
b :  to change (a vowel) by umlaut
a :  to make minor changes in
b :  to make basic or fundamental changes in often to give a new orientation to or to serve a new end <the wing of a bird is an arm modified for flying>
intransitive verb
:  to undergo change
mod·i·fi·abil·i·ty \ˌmä-də-ˌfī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
mod·i·fi·able \ˈmä-də-ˌfī-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of MODIFY

  1. We can help you modify an existing home or build a new one.
  2. He modified the recipe by using oil instead of butter.
  3. She has modified her views on the matter.
  4. The design was modified to add another window.
  5. We played a modified version of our favorite game.
  6. Adjectives usually modify nouns, and adverbs usually modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.
  7. In the phrase a red hat, the adjective red modifies the noun hat.

Origin of MODIFY

Middle English modifien, from Anglo-French modifier, from Latin modificare to measure, moderate, from modus
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to MODIFY

fix, freeze, set, stabilize
See Synonym Discussion at change

Rhymes with MODIFY

abide by, Adonai, alibi, alkali, amplify, apple-pie, argufy, assegai, azo dye, basify, beautify, butterfly, by-and-by, caddis fly, calcify, certify, Chou En-lai, citify, clarify, classify, coalify, cockneyfy, codify, college try, cottage pie, crucify, cut-and-try, cutie-pie, DIY, damnify, damselfly, dandify, deify, densify, dignify, dobsonfly, do-or-die, dragonfly, dulcify, eagle eye, edify, evil eye, falsify, fancify, fortify, frenchify, fructify, gasify, Gemini, gentrify, glorify, goggle-eye, goldeneye, gratify, Haggai, harvest fly, hexerei, high and dry, hip and thigh, Hokusai, hook and eye, horrify, hoverfly, humble pie, Iceni, justify, kiss good-bye, lazy eye, lignify, liquefy, lithify, Lorelei, lullaby, Madurai, magnify, Malachi, Maracay, minify, mollify, Molokai, Mordecai, mortify, multi-ply, multiply, mummify, mystify, nazify, notify, nullify, occupy, old school tie, on standby, on the fly, ossify, overbuy, overfly, overlie, pacify, Paraguay, passerby, peccavi, petrify, PPI, preachify, prettify, private eye, prophesy, purify, putrefy, qualify, quantify, ramify, rarefy, ratify, RBI, rectify, reify, res gestae, robber fly, runner's high, Russify, samurai, sanctify, satisfy, scarify, schwarmerei, semidry, set store by, shepherd's pie, shoofly pie, signify, simplify, Spanish fly, specify, speechify, stratify, stultify, stupefy, sweetie pie, Tenebrae, terrify, testify, tie-and-dye, tigereye, Trans Alai, tumble dry, typify, uglify, underlie, unify, Uruguay, Veneti, verify, versify, vilify, vinify, vitrify, vivify, weather eye, Windsor tie, xanthene dye, yuppify, zombify


transitive verb mod·i·fy \ˈmäd-ə-ˌfī\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MODIFY

:  to make a change in <modify behavior by the use of drugs>
mod·i·fi·abil·i·ty \ˌmäd-ə-ˌfī-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural mod·i·fi·abil·i·ties
mod·i·fi·able \-ˈfī-ə-bəl\ adjective


Next Word in the Dictionary: modillionPrevious Word in the Dictionary: modifierAll Words Near: modify
May 22, 2015
nepotism Hear it
favoritism based on kinship
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears