Definition of premodify in English:

premodify

Line breaks: pre|modi¦fy
Pronunciation: /priːˈmɒdɪfʌɪ
 
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verb (premodifies, premodifying, premodified)

[with object] Grammar
Modify the sense of (a noun or other word) by being placed before it.
More example sentences
  • Modification Gradable adjectives are premodified by intensifying adverbs such as very, extremely, and completely: very young, extremely cold, completely unfriendly.

Derivatives

premodification

noun
More example sentences
  • A distinction is made between premodification (modifying by preceding) and post-modification (modifying by following) In diamond mines in South Africa, diamond is a premodifier and in South Africa is a post modifier.

premodifier

noun
More example sentences
  • I can be quite precise about the description of that construction: an occupational term is used with no determiner as a premodifier of a proper name.

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