to change somewhat the form or qualities of; amend:to modify a contract.
Grammar(of a word, phrase, or clause) to describe, limit, or qualify (another word, phrase, or clause):In the phrase a good cook, the word good modifies the word cook.
mod•i•fi•ca•tion/ˌmɑdəfɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciationn.[uncountable]to accept a contract without modification.[countable]The modifications were completed in a week. mod•i•fi•er,n.[countable]When the word model is used as a modifier, it goes before the noun it modifies, as in a model home.See -mod-.
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 modifier. In a good man, good modifies man.
Grammarto be the modifier or attribute of.
Linguisticsto change (a vowel) by umlaut.
to reduce or lessen in degree or extent; moderate; soften:to modify one's demands.
Latin modificāre to impose a rule or pattern, regulate, restrain. See mode1, -ify
Middle French modifier
Middle English modifien 1350–1400
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vary, adjust, shape, reform.
5.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedModify,qualify,temper suggest altering an original statement, condition, or the like, so as to avoid anything excessive or extreme. To modify is to alter in one or more particulars, generally in the direction of leniency or moderation:to modify demands, rates.To qualify is to restrict or limit by exceptions or conditions:to qualify one's praise, hopes.To temper is to alter the quality of something, generally so as to diminish its force or harshness:to temper one's criticism with humor.