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modifier

noun mod·i·fi·er \ˈmä-də-ˌfī(-ə)r\

grammar : a word (such as an adjective or adverb) or phrase that describes another word or group of words

Full Definition of MODIFIER

1
:  one that modifies
2
:  a word or phrase that makes specific the meaning of another word or phrase
3
:  a gene that modifies the effect of another
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Examples of MODIFIER

  1. In a red hat, the adjective red is a modifier describing the noun hat.
  2. In They were talking loudly, the adverb loudly is a modifier of the verb talking.

First Known Use of MODIFIER

1583
MODIFIER Defined for Kids

modifier

noun mod·i·fi·er \ˈmä-də-ˌfī-ər\

Definition of MODIFIER for Kids

:  a word (as an adjective or adverb) used with another word to limit its meaning <In the phrase “very big dog” the words “very” and “big” are modifiers.>
Medical Dictionary

modifier

noun mod·i·fi·er \ˈmäd-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r\

Medical Definition of MODIFIER

1
:  one that modifies
2
:  a gene that modifies the effect of another

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