v. mod·i·fied, mod·i·fy·ing, mod·i·fies
1. To change in form or character; alter.
2. To make less extreme, severe, or strong: refused to modify her stand on the issue.
3. Grammar To qualify or limit the meaning of. For example, summer modifies day in the phrase a summer day.
4. Linguistics To change (a vowel) by umlaut.
To be or become modified; change.
[Middle English modifien, from Old French modifier, from Latin modificāre, to measure, limit : modus, measure; see med- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.]
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