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modify

mod·i·fy

modify

 
pronunciation:
ma dih faI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: modified, modifies, modifying
definition 1: to change in some way; alter.
They modified the language of the play so that the younger children could understand it.
 
synonyms:
adjust, revise, vary
similar words:
adapt, alter, amend, change, edit, qualify
definition 2: to make smaller or less strong or extreme; reduce; moderate.
When her father saw that she was really sorry, he modified her punishment.
synonyms:
abate, moderate, reduce, temper
similar words:
blunt, diminish, ease, lessen, lighten, lower, qualify, tone down
definition 3: to describe or limit the meaning of; qualify.
"Noisy" modifies "car" in the phrase "a noisy car."
similar words:
alter, change, qualify
derivations: modifiable (adj.), modifiability (n.)
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