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modify

mod·i·fy

modify

 
pronunciation:
ma dih faI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: modified, modifies, modifying
definition 1: to alter somewhat; make changes in.
To save money, they had to modify their plans for the house.We objected to some of the things in the contract, so they agreed to modify it.He modified his appearance when he went to meet his girlfriend's parents.
 
synonyms:
adjust, revise, vary
similar words:
adapt, alter, amend, change, doctor, edit, qualify, rework
definition 2: to reduce the extremity, quantity, or strength of; moderate.
The workers modified their demands when they realized that they were getting nowhere with management.Her father took pity on her eventually and modified her punishment.
synonyms:
abate, mitigate, moderate, reduce, temper
similar words:
blunt, diminish, ease, lessen, lighten, lower, mollify, qualify, tone down
definition 3: in grammar, to describe or limit or particularize the meaning of; qualify.
"Extremely" modifies "hot" in the phrase "extremely hot.""Heavy" modifies "traffic" in the phrase "heavy traffic."
similar words:
alter, change, qualify
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be or become modified.
synonyms:
change
similar words:
adapt, adjust, alter
derivations: modifiable (adj.), modifiability (n.)
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