modifier

noun mod·i·fi·er \ ˈmä-də-ˌfī(-ə)r \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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

Examples of modifier in a Sentence

  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.”

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First Known Use of modifier

1583


MODIFIER Defined for English Language Learners

modifier

noun

Definition of modifier for English Language Learners

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


MODIFIER Defined for Kids

modifier

noun mod·i·fi·er \ ˈmä-də-ˌfī-ər \

Definition of modifier for Students

: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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