Definition of Modify

1. Verb. Make less severe or harsh or extreme. "He modified his views on same-gender marriage"

2. Verb. Add a modifier to a constituent.
Exact synonyms: Qualify
Category relationships: Grammar
Generic synonyms: Add
Derivative terms: Modification, Modifier, Qualifier, Qualifying

3. Verb. Cause to change; make different; cause a transformation. "They modify their earnings this year"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
Exact synonyms: Alter, Change
Specialized synonyms: Arouse, Awaken, Rouse, Wake, Wake Up, Waken, Cause To Sleep, Affect, Freshen, Refresh, Refreshen, Fecundate, Fertilise, Fertilize, Inseminate, Indispose, Cry, Etiolate, Shade, Animalise, Animalize, Brutalise, Brutalize, Convert, Opalise, Opalize, Arterialise, Arterialize, Get, Make, Counterchange, Interchange, Transpose, Vascularise, Vascularize, Decrepitate, Suburbanise, Suburbanize, Overturn, Revolutionise, Revolutionize, Etiolate, Barbarise, Barbarize, Alkalinise, Alkalinize, Mythicise, Mythicize, Mythologise, Mythologize, Allegorise, Allegorize, Demythologise, Demythologize, Bring, Land, Coarsen, Affect, Bear On, Bear Upon, Impact, Touch, Touch On, Alchemise, Alchemize, Alcoholise, Alcoholize, Form, Shape, Round, Round Down, Round Off, Round Out, Suspend, Sober, Reconstruct, Increase, Ease Off, Ease Up, Let Up, Assimilate, Dissimilate, Commute, Convert, Exchange, Vitalise, Vitalize, Clear, Unclutter, Activate, Activate, Activate, Aerate, Activate, Deactivate, Inactivate, Blunt, Deaden, Reconstruct, Redo, Remodel, Edit, Redact, Cut, Edit, Edit Out, Chasten, Subdue, Tame, Chasten, Moderate, Temper, Ameliorate, Amend, Better, Improve, Meliorate, Aggravate, Exacerbate, Exasperate, Worsen, Wet, Dry, Dry Out, Lubricate, Beef Up, Fortify, Strengthen, Fortify, Lace, Spike, Weaken, Blunt, Oxidate, Oxidise, Oxidize, Merge, Unify, Unite, Age, Mature, Ripen, Antiquate, Antique, Antiquate, Develop, Make Grow, Soften, Damage, Ossify, Acerbate, Stabilise, Stabilize, Destabilise, Destabilize, Sensibilise, Sensibilize, Sensify, Sensitise, Sensitize, Desensitise, Desensitize, Accustom, Habituate, Disarray, Disorder, Discolor, Color, Color In, Colorise, Colorize, Colour, Colour In, Colourise, Colourize, Stain, Hue, Uglify, Untune, Adjust, Correct, Set, Set, Disqualify, Indispose, Unfit, Domesticate, Domesticise, Domesticize, Reclaim, Tame, Widen, Dehydrogenate, Hydrogenate, Oxygenise, Oxygenize, Darken, Brighten, Lighten, Lighten Up, Blear, Blur, Bedim, Obscure, Overcloud, Blot Out, Hide, Obliterate, Obscure, Veil, Cook, Slenderise, Slenderize, Crack, Dismiss, Dissolve, End, Terminate, Defog, Demist, Concentrate, Condense, Contract, Chill, Cool, Cool Down, Heat, Heat Up, Warm, Boil, Freeze, Blister, Change Over, Shift, Switch, Transpose, Change Over, Convert, Transform, Transform, Transform, Transmute, Transform, Transmute, Transubstantiate, Ash, Transform, Translate, Reclaim, Rectify, Reform, Regenerate, Convert, Islamise, Islamize, Invert, Reverse, Turn Back, Invert, Customise, Customize, Individualise, Individualize, Personalise, Personalize, Depersonalise, Depersonalize, Objectify, Sharpen, Drop, Flatten, Disintegrate, Magnetise, Magnetize, Degauss, Demagnetise, Demagnetize, Simplify, Complicate, Elaborate, Rarify, Refine, Refine, Complicate, Perplex, Pressurise, Pressurize, Supercharge, Centralise, Centralize, Concentrate, Decentralise, Decentralize, Deconcentrate, Socialise, Socialize, Fix, Gear Up, Prepare, Ready, Set, Set Up, Internationalise, Internationalize, Bolshevise, Bolshevize, Communise, Communize, Europeanise, Europeanize, Europeanise, Europeanize, Bestialise, Bestialize, Americanise, Americanize, Frenchify, Civilise, Civilize, Nationalise, Nationalize, Denationalise, Denationalize, Naturalise, Naturalize, Denaturalise, Denaturalize, Naturalise, Naturalize, Denaturalise, Denaturalize, Even, Even Out, Equal, Equalise, Equalize, Equate, Match, Stiffen, Loose, Loosen, Fasten, Tighten, Transitivise, Transitivize, Detransitivise, Detransitivize, Intransitivise, Intransitivize, Inspissate, Thicken, Full, Diversify, Decelerate, Slow Down, Deaden, Accelerate, Speed, Speed Up, Check, Delay, Retard, Decrease, Lessen, Minify, Liquefy, Liquidise, Liquidize, Liquify, Solvate, Dissolve, Validate, Invalidate, Vitiate, Void, Empty, Fill, Fill Up, Make Full, Saturate, Clot, Coagulate, Louden, Normalise, Normalize, Renormalise, Renormalize, Morph, Neutralise, Neutralize, Commercialise, Commercialize, Market, Purge, Purify, Sanctify, Mechanise, Mechanize, Automate, Automatise, Automatize, Automatise, Automatize, Mechanise, Mechanize, Chord, Harmonise, Harmonize, Polarise, Polarize, Glorify, Contaminate, Devalue, Insulate, Calcify, Urbanise, Urbanize, Urbanise, Urbanize, Emulsify, Demulsify, Decarboxylate, Nazify, Fecundate, Fertilise, Fertilize, Clarify, Embrittle, Mark, Nick, Disable, Disenable, Incapacitate, Enable, De-emphasise, De-emphasize, Destress, Tender, Tenderise, Tenderize, Charge, Bubble, Sweeten, Iodinate, Ionate, Archaise, Archaize, Inform, Officialise, Officialize, Occidentalise, Occidentalize, Westernise, Westernize, Orientalise, Orientalize, Acetylate, Acetylise, Acetylize, Achromatise, Achromatize, Collimate, Parallel, Camp, Classicise, Classicize, Conventionalise, Conventionalize, Decimalise, Decimalize, Dizzy, Envenom, Poison, Exteriorise, Exteriorize, Externalise, Externalize, Objectify, Glamorise, Glamorize, Glamourise, Glamourize, Introvert, Laicise, Laicize, Politicise, Politicize, Radicalize, Proof, Romanticise, Romanticize, Rusticate, Sauce, Shallow, Shoal, Tense, Steepen, Scramble, Unscramble, Unsex, Vitrify, Pall, Saponify, Expand, Extend, Set Aside, Suspend, Muddy, Transform, Elevate, Lift, Raise, Harshen, Dinge, Demonise, Demonize, Devilise, Devilize, Diabolise, Diabolize, Etherealize, Etherialise, Immaterialise, Immaterialize, Unsubstantialise, Unsubstantialize, Animate, Animise, Animize, Clear, Dynamise, Dynamize, Dynamise, Dynamize, Rarefy, Sublimate, Subtilize, Volatilise, Volatilize, Uniformise, Uniformize, Symmetrise, Symmetrize, Eternalise, Eternalize, Eternise, Eternize, Immortalise, Immortalize, Denature, Denature, Denature, Sanitise, Sanitize, Verbify, Shift, Sputter, Draw, Make, Dope, Prostrate, Excite, Energise, Energize, Excite, Shake, Outmode, Spice, Spice Up, Shorten, Think, Make, Deflate, Inflate, Reflate, Digitalise, Digitalize, Digitise, Digitize, Gelatinise, Gelatinize, Recombine, Effeminise, Effeminize, Feminise, Feminize, Womanize, Masculinise, Masculinize, Virilise, Virilize, Masculinize, Disharmonize, Dissonate, Sexualise, Sexualize, Schematise, Schematize, Patent, Constitutionalise, Constitutionalize, Rationalise, Rationalize, Plasticise, Plasticize, Rarefy, Paganise, Paganize, Incandesce, Deaminate, Deaminize, Angulate, Circularize, Sensitise, Sensitize, Sensitise, Sensitize, Depolarise, Depolarize, Intensify, Isomerise, Isomerize, Legitimate, Evaporate, Vaporise, Industrialise, Industrialize, Opacify, Opsonize, Militarise, Militarize, Nationalise, Nationalize, Recommend, Sentimentalise, Sentimentalize, Solemnise, Solemnize, Territorialise, Territorialize, Transaminate, Glorify, Spiritualize, Transfigure, Unsanctify, Vesiculate, Visualise, Visualize, Variegate, Ventilate, Vivify, Vulgarise, Vulgarize, Supple, Professionalise, Professionalize, Smut, Still, Weaponize, Eroticize, Sex Up, Piggyback, Port, Lifehack, Cloud, Blur, Confuse, Obnubilate, Obscure, Moderate, Tame, Tone Down, Obfuscate, Synchronise, Synchronize, Mince, Moderate, Soften, Militarise, Militarize, Break Down, Crush, Fat, Fatten, Fatten Out, Fatten Up, Fill Out, Flesh Out, Plump, Plump Out, Disturb, Touch, Dull, Blunt, Dull, Sharpen, Coarsen, Loosen, Loosen, Undo, Untie, Barb, String, Straighten, Straighten Out, Bring, Amalgamate, Commix, Mingle, Mix, Unify, Charge, Put, Clean, Make Clean, Begrime, Bemire, Colly, Dirty, Grime, Soil, Depress, Lower, Deform, Break, Break Up, Alter, Adorn, Beautify, Decorate, Embellish, Grace, Ornament, Humanise, Humanize, Humble, Alien, Alienate, Disaffect, Estrange, Right, Desensitise, Desensitize, Deodorise, Deodorize, Deodourise, Develop, Blur, Blind, Change Intensity, Change Taste, Exchange, Interchange, Replace, Substitute, Capture, Add, Bestow, Bring, Contribute, Impart, Lend, Reestablish, Reinstate, Restore, Liberalise, Liberalize, Compensate, Correct, Redress, Right, Democratise, Democratize, Neutralize, Corrupt, Debase, Debauch, Demoralise, Demoralize, Deprave, Misdirect, Pervert, Profane, Subvert, Vitiate, Loosen, Relax, Unify, Unite, Flocculate, Turn, Cohere
Causes: Change
Derivative terms: Alterable, Alteration, Alteration, Change, Change, Change, Change, Change, Changer, Modifiable, Modification

Definition of Modify

1. v. t. To change somewhat the form or qualities of; to alter somewhat; as, to modify a contrivance adapted to some mechanical purpose; to modify the terms of a contract.

Definition of Modify

1. Verb. (transitive) To make partial changes to. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To be or become modified. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Modify

1. to change in form or character [v -FIED, -FYING, -FIES]

Medical Definition of Modify

1. To change somewhat the form or qualities of, alter partially. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Modify

modified chest thrust
modified chest thrusts
modified milk
modified radical mastectomy
modified sit-ups
modified starch
modified zinc oxide-eugenol cement
modifier gene
modifier key
modifier keys
modify (current term)

Literary usage of Modify

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, Charles M. Barnes (1884)
"... inserted in the acts of incorporation, that '; it shall be lawful for the legislature, at any time hereafter, to alter, modify, or repeal the act. ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1910)
"Л brief consideration of the state of the law of New York concerning the power to modify allowances for alimony prior to the enactment of the provisions as ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"L From other Diseases that modify the Form of the Head as well as of the Extremities We must differentiate acromegaly: 1. From myxedema (soft parts ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"It is to be observed that the manner in which instruction is imparted will modify the statements above made. CONCLUSIONS. 1. Anatomical material for the ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"can modify or suspend them as to any case, or class of cases, or generally.^ Mere repetitions of legislative enactments are not included under any of these ..."

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