- To modify is to make a change or alteration.
When you alter the color in a room, this is an example of a situation where you modify a color.
transitive verbmodified, modifying
- 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)