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v. mod·i·fied, mod·i·fy·ing, mod·i·fies
1. To change in form or character; alter.
2. To make less extreme, severe, or strong: refused to modify her stand on the issue.
3. Grammar To qualify or limit the meaning of. For example, summer modifies day in the phrase a summer day.
4. Linguistics To change (a vowel) by umlaut.
To be or become modified; change.
[Middle English modifien, from Old French modifier, from Latin modificāre, to measure, limit : modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.]
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vb (mainly tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to change the structure, character, intent, etc, of
2. to make less extreme or uncompromising: to modify a demand.
3. (Grammar) grammar (of a word or group of words) to bear the relation of modifier to (another word or group of words)
4. (Linguistics) linguistics to change (a vowel) by umlaut
5. (intr) to be or become modified
[C14: from Old French modifier, from Latin modificāre to limit, control, from modus measure + facere to make]
ˌmodiˌfiaˈbility, ˈmodiˌfiableness n
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v. -fied, -fy•ing. v.t.
1. to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend: to modify a contract.
2. (of a word, phrase, or clause) to stand in a syntactically subordinate relation to (another word, phrase, or clause), usu. with descriptive, limiting, or particularizing meaning; act as a modifier: In a good cook, good modifies cook.
3. to change (a vowel) by umlaut.
4. to reduce in degree or extent: to modify one's demands.v.i.
5. to be or become modified.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French modifier < Latin modificāre to regulate, restrain. See mode1, -i-, -fy]
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In artillery, an order by the person authorized to make modifications to a fire plan.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
Past participle: modified
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|Verb||1.||modify - make less severe or harsh or extreme; "please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
optimise, optimize - modify to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity or time or cost; "optimize a computer program"
attemper - modify the temperature of; "attemper the air"
syncopate - modify the rhythm by stressing or accenting a weak beat
update - modernize or bring up to date; "We updated the kitchen in the old house"
update - bring to the latest state of technology
cream - add cream to one's coffee, for example
specialise, specialize - suit to a special purpose; "specialize one's research"; "this kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches"
buffer - add a buffer (a solution); "buffered saline solution for the eyes"
inflect - change the form of a word in accordance as required by the grammatical rules of the language
|2.||modify - add a modifier to a constituent|
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
add - make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of; "We added two students to that dorm room"; "She added a personal note to her letter"; "Add insult to injury"; "Add some extra plates to the dinner table"
|3.||modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"|
awaken, wake up, waken, rouse, wake, arouse - cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM."
cause to sleep - make fall asleep; "The soft music caused us to fall asleep"
affect - act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate"
indispose - cause to feel unwell; "She was indisposed"
cry - bring into a particular state by crying; "The little boy cried himself to sleep"
etiolate - make pale or sickly; "alcohol etiolates your skin"
shade - vary slightly; "shade the meaning"
animalise, animalize, brutalise, brutalize - make brutal, unfeeling, or inhuman; "Life in the camps had brutalized him"
convert - change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers"
make, get - give certain properties to something; "get someone mad"; "She made us look silly"; "He made a fool of himself at the meeting"; "Don't make this into a big deal"; "This invention will make you a millionaire"; "Make yourself clear"
counterchange, interchange, transpose - cause to change places; "interchange this screw for one of a smaller size"
decrepitate - to roast or calcine so as to cause to crackle or until crackling stops; "decrepitate salts"
revolutionize, revolutionise, overturn - change radically; "E-mail revolutionized communication in academe"
etiolate - bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight
barbarise, barbarize - make crude or savage in behavior or speech; "his years in prison have barbarized the young man"
mythicise, mythicize, mythologise, mythologize - make into a myth; "The Europeans have mythicized Rte. 66"
demythologise, demythologize - remove the mythical element from (writings); "the Bible should be demythologized and examined for its historical value"
coarsen - make less subtle or refined; "coarsen one's ideals"
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
suspend - cause to be held in suspension in a fluid; "suspend the particles"
sober - cause to become sober; "A sobering thought"
reconstruct - cause somebody to adapt or reform socially or politically
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
ease off, let up, ease up - reduce pressure or intensity; "he eased off the gas pedal and the car slowed down"
assimilate - make similar; "This country assimilates immigrants very quickly"
dissimilate - make dissimilar; cause to become less similar
activate - make active or more active; "activate an old file"
activate - make (substances) radioactive
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1. change, reform, vary, convert, transform, alter, adjust, adapt, revise, remodel, rework, tweak (informal), reorganize, recast, reshape, redo, refashion They agreed to modify their recruitment policy.
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يُخَفِّف، يُهَدِّئ ، يُعَدِّل ، يُغَيِّريُعَدِّلُ
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modify[ˈmɒdɪfaɪ] vt → modifier
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to change the form or quality of, usually slightly. We had to modify the original design. wysig, verander يُخَفِّف، يُهَدِّئ ، يُعَدِّل ، يُغَيِّر променям modificar pozměnit (se) abändern ændre τροποποιώmodificar muutma بهتر کردن muuttaa modifier לְשַׁנוֹת सुधारना, संशोधन करना preinačiti módosít mengubah breyta (lítillega) modificare 修正する 수정하다 modifikuoti, pakeisti modificēt, pārveidot mengubah suai wijzigenendre, gjøre forandringer modyfikować لا ښه كول modificar a modifica модифицировать upraviť, modifikovať spremeniti izmeniti modifiera เปลี่ยนแปลง değişiklik yapmak 修改 видозмінювати ترمیم کرنا sửa đổi 修改ˌmodifiˈcation (-fi-) noun
wysiging, verandering تَخْفيف، تَعْديل промяна modificação úprava, snížení die Abänderung ændring τροποποίηση, τροπολογίαmodificación teisend تعدیل muutos modificationשינוי सुधार preinaka módosítás modifikasi smábreyting, lagfæring modificazione, modifica 修正 수정 modifikacija, (nedidelis) pakeitimas modifikācija pengubahsuaian wijzigingforandringer, modifiseringmodyfikacja تعديل modificação modificare модификация modifikácia sprememba izmena modifiering, modifikation การเปลี่ยนแปลง değişiklik, değiştirme 修改 видозміна; модифікація ترمیم sự sửa đổi 修改
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modify→ يُعَدِّلُ upravit ændre modifizieren τροποποιώ modificar muokata modifier modificirati modificare 変更する 수정하다 wijzigen endre zmodyfikować modificar модифицировать ändra เปลี่ยนแปลงแก้ไข değişiklik yapmak sửa đổi 修改
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vt. modificar, cambiar.
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modifyvt (pret & pp -fied) modificar
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