verb (modifies, modifying, modified)[with object]
- 1Make partial or minor changes to (something), typically so as to improve it or to make it less extreme: she may be prepared to modify her views (as adjective modified) a modified version of the aircraftMore example sentences
- In the course of the final two days of debate, the government and the Labor Party used their numbers to defeat a series of amendments from the minor parties to modify the call-out power.
- Despite this, and despite my complete lack of any experience at all with Perl, I decided that a good thing to do would be to modify them for version 4.
- The trials in June will be to find out if it works and modifying it with a view to having a serious roll out next year.
- 1.1 Biology Transform (a structure) from its original anatomical form during development or evolution.More example sentences
- They are able to mentally recreate visual experience, allowing them to transform and modify the arrangement of items.
- However, there are a huge number of ways in which this basic pattern has been modified through evolution.
- A number of flowering plants have flowers which are structurally modified for bird pollination.
- 1.2 Grammar (Especially of an adjective) restrict or add to the sense of (a noun): the target noun is modified by a “direction” wordMore example sentences
- An attributive adjective modifies an ungrounded noun, thereby contributing to the specification of the type designated by the noun.
- Since miss is a noun in this phrase, it should be modified by an adjective, not an adverb.
- The semantic distinction between restrictive and non-restrictive modification applies to adjectives that modify nouns as well as to relative clauses.
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- Democracy, political rights, and civil liberties are politically modifiable variables that seem to be associated with health status.
- This book reminds the reader that these connections are flexible and modifiable.
- So far, Internet standards have functioned as a common resource, accessible to and modifiable by all users.
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- Being based on the colour of maternal tissue, this polymorphism necessarily has a modificatory basis.
- Glaciers are powerful modificatory agents, and they can duplicate human flaking to a startling degree.
- Thus, we found no evidence for a modificatory genome size plasticity in D. villosum.
Pronunciation: /ˈmädəfəkəˌtôrē, ˌmädəˈfikəˌtôrē/adjective
late Middle English: from Old French modifier, from Latin modificare, from modus (see mode).