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 The Mercury will have to modify its lineup throughout to start season while Griner remains detained in Russia. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 Theoretically, data stored via blockchain are nearly impossible to modify without leaving signs of fraud. The Editors, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 Yes, the ruling by the appeals court does nothing to modify Lucio's sentence. Dakin Andone, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Another strategy is to modify the grading to improve surface drainage and move water out of the area. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 On TikTok, there are multiple videos demonstrating how to load the gel pellets iinto a toy gun and how to modify the pellets to make the impact more painful. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 23 Apr. 2022 But a majority of the task force quickly voted against considering that plan and decided to instead modify the earlier version of the final draft map. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Apr. 2022 The team had to continually modify strategies to sync with frequently shifting local and state requirements. Lisa Kocay, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Like many organizations providing hands-on services for people, Beacon Place had to modify its in-person activities in March of last year because of the pandemic. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 12 Nov. 2021 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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