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modify (grammar)

Definition:

to add a modifier to a constituent

Class:

change verb (size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.)

Related to:

modification | modifier

Past tense:

modified

Present participle:

modifying

3rd-person singular present:

modifies

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

qualify

Etymology:

Middle English modifien, from French modifier, from Latin modificare ("to limit,...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of modify...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

modify | modifiable [adjective, derived]

to change the structure, character, intent, etc, of | to make less extreme or uncompromising | [grammar] (of a word or group of words) to bear the ... (25 of 493 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/modify

Oxford Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present] | modifiable [derived] | modificatory [derived]

make partial or minor changes to (something) | [biology] : transform (a structure) from its original anatomical form during development or evolution | ... (21 of 253 words, 4 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/modify

Merriam-Webster:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | moderate [synonym, sense-specific] | qualify [synonym, sense-specific] | fix [antonym, sense-specific] | freeze [antonym, sense-specific] | set [antonym, sense-specific] | stabilize [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make less extreme; "moderate" | to limit or restrict the meaning of especially in a grammatical construction ; to change (a vowel) by umlaut | to ... (25 of 226 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/modify

Random House Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle]

to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend. | [grammar] (of a word, phrase, or clause) to stand in a syntactically ... (23 of 97 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/modify

Wikipedia:

Modification [disambiguation]

may refer to: Modifications of school work for students with special educational needs | Modifications (genetics) | Posttranslational modifications | Modding, modifying hardware or software Mod (video gaming) | Modified car | Body modification | ... (29 of 97 words, 12 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Modification

American Heritage Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present] | modifiability [noun, related] | modifiable [adjective, related]

To change in form or character; alter. | To make less extreme, severe, or strong | [grammar] To qualify or limit the meaning of. For example, "summer" ... (25 of 92 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/modify

New World Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifiable [adjective, related]

to change or alter; especially, to change slightly or partially in character, form, etc. | to limit or reduce slightly; moderate | [grammar] to limit ... (23 of 82 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/modify

Macmillan British Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] to change something slightly, especially in order to improve it or to make it less extreme | [intransitive/transitive, linguistics] to ... (20 of 72 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/modify

Cambridge Dictionary:

modify [entry 1]

to change something such as a plan, opinion, law or way of behaviour slightly, usually to improve it or make it more acceptable (23 of 54 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/modify 1

modify [entry 2, specialized]

If a word or phrase modifies another word or phrase used with it, it limits or adds to its meaning (20 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/modify 2

Wiktionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present] | adapt [synonym, sense-specific] | alter [synonym, sense-specific] | amend [synonym, sense-specific] | revamp [synonym, sense-specific] | rework [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] To make partial changes to. | [intransitive] To be or become modified. (12 of 14 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/modify

Encarta Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present]

to make a minor change or alteration to something, or change slightly, especially in order to improve | to make something less extensive, severe, or ... (24 of 147 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630731​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: 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... (28 of 31 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/modify

Online Etymology:

modify

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French modifier, from Latin modificare "to limit, restrain", from modus "measure, manner" (see "mode" (1)) + root of facere "to make".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=modify

American Heritage Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English modifien, from Old French modifier, from Latin modificāre, to measure, limit: modus, ... (14 of 22 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/modify

New World Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English modifien from Middle French from Latin modificare, to limit, regulate from modus, measure (see "mode") + facere, to make: see "do"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/modify

Collins Dictionary:

modify

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French modifier, from Latin modificāre to limit, control, from modus measure + facere to make

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/modify

Merriam-Webster:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English modifien, from Anglo-French modifier, from Latin modificare to measure, moderate, from modus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/modify

Oxford Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French modifier, from Latin modificare, from modus (see "mode")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/modify

Encarta Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French modifier from Latin modificare "limit" from modus "measure" + form of facere "make"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630731​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "modify"

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Collins Dictionary:

modify

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "modify"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/modify

Macmillan American Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "modify"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/modify

Macmillan British Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "modify"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/modify

Cambridge Dictionary:

modify [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "modify"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "modify"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/modify 1

the Free Dictionary:

modify

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "modify"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "modify"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "modify" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/modify

Google Dictionary:

modify | modified [past tense] | modifying [present participle] | modifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "modify"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

modify

Audio: North American pronunciation of "modify"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=modify​01 word=modify

YourDictionary Audio:

modify

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "modify" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/modify

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