UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmɒdɪfaɪ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmɑdəˌfaɪ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(modə fī′)

Inflections of 'modify' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mod•i•fy /ˈmɑdəˌfaɪ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -fied, -fy•ing. 
  1. to change somewhat the form or qualities of; amend:to modify a contract.
  2. 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 pronunciation  n. [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-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mod•i•fy  (modə fī′),USA pronunciation v.,  -fied, -fy•ing. 
  1. to change somewhat the form or qualities of;
    alter partially;
    amend:to modify a contract.
  2. 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.
  3. Grammarto be the modifier or attribute of.
  4. Linguisticsto change (a vowel) by umlaut.
  5. to reduce or lessen in degree or extent;
    soften:to modify one's demands.

  1. to be or become modified.
modi•fi′a•ble, adj. 
mod′i•fi′a•bili•ty, modi•fi′a•ble•ness, n. 
  • 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 Unabridged Modify, 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.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
modify /ˈmɒdɪˌfaɪ/ vb ( -fies, -fying, -fied)(mainly tr)
  1. to change the structure, character, intent, etc, of
  2. to make less extreme or uncompromising
  3. (of a word or group of words) to bear the relation of modifier to (another word or group of words)
  4. to change (a vowel) by umlaut
  5. (intransitive) to be or become modified
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French modifier, from Latin modificāre to limit, control, from modus measure + facere to make

ˈmodiˌfiable adj ˌmodiˌfiaˈbility, ˈmodiˌfiableness n
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