transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- to change or alter; esp., to change slightly or partially in character, form, etc.
- to limit or reduce slightly; moderate: to modify a penalty
- Gram. to limit the meaning of; qualify: “old” modifies “man” in “old man”
- Linguis. to change the form of a morpheme to indicate grammatical relations or derivation
Origin of modifyMiddle English modifien from Middle French from Classical Latin modificare, to limit, regulate from modus, measure (see mode) + facere, to make: see do