Origin of Modify
From Middle English modifien, from French modifier, from Latin modificare (“to limit, control, regulate, deponent"), from modificari (“to measure off, set bound to, moderate"), from modus (“measure") + facere (“to make"); see mode.
Middle English modifien from Old French modifier from Latin modificāre to measure, limit modus measure med- in Indo-European roots -ficāre -fy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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