When you alter the color in a room, this is an example of a situation where you modify a color.
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
verbmod·i·fied, mod·i·fy·ing, mod·i·fies
- To change in form or character; alter.
- To make less extreme, severe, or strong: refused to modify her stand on the issue.
- Grammar To qualify or limit the meaning of. For example, summer modifies day in the phrase a summer day.
- Linguistics To change (a vowel) by umlaut.
Origin of modifyMiddle English modifien from Old French modifier from Latin modificāre to measure, limit modus measure ; see med- in Indo-European roots. -ficāre -fy
(third-person singular simple present modifies, present participle modifying, simple past and past participle modified)