Definition of modify
1 : to make less extreme : moderate traffic rules were modified to let him pass — Van Wyck Brooks
2a : to limit or restrict the meaning of especially in a grammatical construction In the phrase “the red hat,” the adjective “red” modifies the noun “hat.”b : to change (a vowel) by umlaut
3a : to make minor changes in had to modify his planb : 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
: to undergo change
modifiabilityplay \ˌmä-də-ˌfī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
modifiableplay \ˈmä-də-ˌfī-ə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of modify in a Sentence
We can help you modify an existing home or build a new one.
He modified the recipe by using oil instead of butter.
She has modified her views on the matter.
The design was modified to add another window.
We played a modified version of our favorite game.
Adjectives usually modify nouns, and adverbs usually modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.
In the phrase “a red hat,” the adjective “red” modifies the noun “hat.”
Recent Examples of modify from the Web
The city is finding ways to modify existing routes, using trucks with separate compartments for trash and organics.
If necessary, use a walking support, modify bath and shower facilities, and opt for a single-level living environment.
The second annual Endurance for Veterans Car Show, at Sonny's Place in Somers, featured classic and modified autos, including sleek drag racers, rat rods, and American classics.
Kushner appears to be modifying his own centrist stances.
Modifying the stock car for autonomous driving (robotics) or drag racing.
In the trial, a patient’s T cells, which are part of the immune system, were extracted from the blood and genetically modified to recognize a specific protein on cancer cells.
The update modifies changes to four schools and removes changes to Shawanoe Elementary from the process outright.
So Brad's biggest move was one he couldn't have made if J.T. wasn't gullible and if Tai hadn't given him his idol and if Survivor hadn't gotten antsy to modify and change the game this season of all seasons.
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Origin and Etymology of modify
Middle English modifien, from Anglo-French modifier, from Latin modificare to measure, moderate, from modus
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of modify
MODIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of modify for English Language Learners
: 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)
MODIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of modify for Students
1 : to make changes in modify a plan
2 : to lower or reduce in amount or scale In a little while familiarity modified their fears … — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer
3 : to limit in meaning : qualify The word “green” in the phrase “green gloves” modifies the word “gloves.”
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