Definition of modify
- traffic rules were modified to let him pass
- —Van Wyck Brooks
- In the phrase "the red hat," the adjective "red" modifies the noun "hat."
- had to modify his plan
- the wing of a bird is an arm modified for flying
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.”
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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)
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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