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definition 1: to alter somewhat; make changes in.
example: To save money, they had to modify their plans for the house.
example: We objected to some of the things in the contract, so they agreed to modify it.
example: He modified his appearance when he went to meet his girlfriend’s parents.
definition 2: to reduce the extremity, quantity, or strength of; moderate.
example: The workers modified their demands when they realized that they were getting nowhere with management.
example: Her father took pity on her eventually and modified her punishment.
definition 3: in grammar, to describe or limit or particularize the meaning of; qualify.
example: “Extremely” modifies “hot” in the phrase “extremely hot.”
example: “Heavy” modifies “traffic” in the phrase “heavy traffic.”
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