pre·​mod·​i·​fy ˌprē-ˈmä-də-ˌfī How to pronounce premodify (audio)
variants or pre-modify
premodified or pre-modified; premodifying or pre-modifying

transitive verb

: to modify (something) in advance
premodify a computer
a premodified engine
Nissan boosted the Sentra's spring rates by about 10 percent …. That's about the same change you get when you put an aftermarket "sport" suspension kit on a car, so the Sentra is now pre-modified for you. Jeff Zurschmeide
… artists pre-modifying their style to suit expected editorial pressure … Jason Thompson

Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of premodify was in 1941

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Cite this Entry

“Premodify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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