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Related to modifier: dangling modifier, misplaced modifier
Modifiers are, quite simply, any word or group of words that modifies (describes or elaborates upon) another element in a sentence. Modifiers can either be adjectives, which modify nouns (or sometimes pronouns), or adverbs, which modify pretty much everything else (usually verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs). Whether a modifier is an adjective or adverb depends on what it modifies and how it functions in a sentence.
A word, phrase, or clause that limits or qualifies the sense of another word or word group.
1. (Grammar) grammar Also called: qualifier a word or phrase that qualifies the sense of another word; for example, the noun alarm is a modifier of clock in alarm clock and the phrase every day is an adverbial modifier of walks in he walks every day
2. a person or thing that modifies
mod•i•fi•er(ˈmɒd əˌfaɪ ər)
1. a person or thing that modifies.
2. a word, phrase, or sentence element that limits or qualifies the sense of another word, phrase, or element in the same construction.
usage: See dangling participle, misplaced modifier.
modifier, qualifier - A word or phrase that limits or qualifies the sense of another is a modifier or qualifier.
See also related terms for limits.
A word, clause, or phrase that in some way qualifies or limits another word or group of words, for example “army” in an army vehicle.”
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|Noun||1.||modifier - a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb|
phrase - an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
intensifier, intensive - a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies; "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier"; "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"
adjective - a word that expresses an attribute of something
adverb - a word that modifies something other than a noun
|2.||modifier - a moderator who makes less extreme or uncompromising|
moderator - someone who mediates disputes and attempts to avoid violence
|3.||modifier - a person who changes something; "an inveterate changer of the menu"|
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
adulterator - a changer who lessens the purity or effectiveness of a substance
|4.||modifier - a gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene|