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modulate

mod·u·late

modulate

 
 
pronunciation:
ma j leIt [or] mad y leIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: modulated, modulates, modulating
definition 1: to adjust or adapt to a particular measure or proportion.
synonyms:
adapt, adjust, regulate
similar words:
accommodate, alter, modify, proportion, vary
definition 2: to vary the loudness, pitch, intensity, or tone of; esp. soften or tone down.
When she realized the old woman could hear her perfectly, she modulated her voice.
synonyms:
adjust, moderate
similar words:
lower, mute, soften, subdue, tone, tone down, tune
definition 3: to vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or the like of (an electromagnetic wave).
synonyms:
tune
similar words:
adjust, fine-tune
definition 4: to tune to a particular musical key or pitch.
synonyms:
tune
similar words:
attune
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to shift from one musical key to another, as through chord progressions.
definition 2: to vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or the like of an electromagnetic wave.
derivations: modulative (adj.), modulatory (adj.), modulability (n.), modulator (n.)