modify

verb
mod·​i·​fy | \ ˈmä-də-ˌfī How to pronounce modify (audio) \
modified; modifying

Definition of modify

transitive verb

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 plan
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

Other Words from modify

modifiability \ ˌmä-​də-​ˌfī-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce modify (audio) \ noun
modifiable \ ˈmä-​də-​ˌfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce modify (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for modify

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change, alter, vary, modify mean to make or become different. change implies making either an essential difference often amounting to a loss of original identity or a substitution of one thing for another. changed the shirt for a larger size alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity. slightly altered the original design vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition. vary your daily routine modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose. modified the building for use by the disabled

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.” See More
Recent Examples on the Web Importantly, the Biden administration could decide not to enact wide-scale student loan cancellation or could modify the proposal from the Education Department. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Those who stay locked up are visited by bail staff with the Court Support Services Division, who can modify the bond after interviewing defendants. Kelan Lyons, Hartford Courant, 31 July 2022 Based on two brothers and their journey to create and modify human beings, Full Metal Alchemist is an anime worth watching. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 As Zscaler notes, the malware is so persistent because attackers modify its trace signatures. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 20 July 2022 If there is a need for annual Covid-19 booster shots, Moderna could further modify the shots in future years to better target circulating strains of the virus, Mr. Bancel said. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Dealers will modify the under-engine shield and active grille shutter to address safety concerns. Washington Post, 8 July 2022 One option is for the Navy to modify Hammerhead to engage surface ships, with the main advantage that an Orca could carry many more of the smaller, more modern Hammerheads than the larger, obsolete SLMM. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2022 The change in consumption habits, influenced by a combination of activists’ campaigns, elected official decisions and shareholder resolutions will modify the analytical risk valuation perspective. Frank Van Gansbeke, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of modify

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for modify

Middle English modifien, from Anglo-French modifier, from Latin modificare to measure, moderate, from modus

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modify

verb
mod·​i·​fy | \ ˈmä-də-ˌfī How to pronounce modify (audio) \
modified; modifying

Kids Definition of modify

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, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
3 : to limit in meaning : qualify The word "green" in the phrase "green gloves" modifies the word "gloves."

modify

transitive verb
mod·​i·​fy | \ ˈmäd-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce modify (audio) \
modified; modifying

Medical Definition of modify

: to make a change in modify behavior by the use of drugs

Other Words from modify

modifiability \ ˌmäd-​ə-​ˌfī-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce modify (audio) \ noun, plural modifiabilities
modifiable \ -​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce modify (audio) \ adjective

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