modify

[mod-uh-fahy]
verb (used with object), modified, modifying.
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.
to be the modifier or attribute of.
4.
to change (a vowel) by umlaut.
5.
to reduce or lessen in degree or extent; moderate; soften: to modify one's demands.
verb (used without object), modified, modifying.
6.
to be or become modified.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English modifien < Middle French modifier < Latin modificāre to impose a rule or pattern, regulate, restrain. See mode1, -ify

modifiable, adjective
modifiability, modifiableness, noun
nonmodifying, adjective
overmodify, verb, overmodified, overmodifying.
premodify, verb (used with object), premodified, premodifying.
remodify, verb, remodified, remodifying.
unmodifiable, adjective
unmodified, adjective


1. vary, adjust, shape, reform. 5. 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.
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modify (ˈmɒdɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to change the structure, character, intent, etc, of
2.  to make less extreme or uncompromising: to modify a demand
3.  grammar (of a word or group of words) to bear the relation of modifier to (another word or group of words)
4.  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]
 
'modifiable
 
adj
 
modifia'bility
 
n
 
'modifiableness
 
n

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modify
late 14c., from O.Fr. modifier, from L. modificare "to limit, restrain," from modus "measure, manner" (see mode (1)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Modified; modifying.
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