[mod-uh-fahy] /ˈmɒd əˌfaɪ/

verb (used with object), modified, modifying.
to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend:
to modify a contract.
Grammar. (of a word, phrase, or clause) to stand in a syntactically subordinate relation to (another word, phrase, or clause), usually with descriptive, limiting, or particularizing meaning; be a . In a good man, good modifies man.
to be the or attribute of.
to change (a vowel) by umlaut.
to reduce or lessen in degree or extent; moderate; soften:
to modify one’s demands.
verb (used without object), modified, modifying.
to be or become modified.
verb (mainly transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to change the structure, character, intent, etc, of
to make less extreme or uncompromising: to modify a demand
(grammar) (of a word or group of words) to bear the relation of modifier to (another word or group of words)
(linguistics) to change (a vowel) by umlaut
(intransitive) to be or become modified

late 14c., from Old French modifier (14c.), from Latin modificare “to limit, measure off, restrain,” from modus “measure, manner” (see mode (n.1)) + root of facere “to make” (see factitious). Related: Modified; modifying.


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