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1 to limit the meaning of (as a noun)
  • adjectives are words that modify nouns, while adverbs can modify adjectives and verbs

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2 to make different in some way
  • he modified the appliance so that it would run more quietly

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How is the word modify different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of modify are alter, change, and vary. While all these words mean "to make or become different," modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose.

modified the building for use by the disabled

When can alter be used instead of modify?

The meanings of alter and modify largely overlap; however, alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity.

slightly altered the original design

When is it sensible to use change instead of modify?

The words change and modify are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

When would vary be a good substitute for modify?

Although the words vary and modify have much in common, vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition.

vary your daily routine

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The first known use of modify was in the 14th century

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“Modify.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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