Modify Definition

modified, modifies, modifying
modified, modifies, modifying
To change or alter; esp., to change slightly or partially in character, form, etc.
Webster's New World
To limit or reduce slightly; moderate.
To modify a penalty.
Webster's New World
To make less extreme, severe, or strong.
Refused to modify her stand on the issue.
American Heritage
To limit the meaning of; qualify.
“old” modifies “man” in “old man”
Webster's New World
To be modified.
Webster's New World

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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