Definition of

Modify

  1. (verb, change) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
    The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue
  2. (verb, change) make less severe or harsh or extreme
    he modified his views on same-gender marriage
  3. (verb, change) add a modifier to a constituent

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Synonyms of Modify

alter, change, qualify

Alternate forms of Modify

Derivations: modifiable, modification, modifier

Hyponyms: accelerate, accustom, acerbate, acetylate, acetylise, acetylize, achromatise, achromatize, activate, add, adjust, adorn, aerate, affect, age, aggravate, alchemise, alchemize, alcoholise, alcoholize, alien, alienate, alkalinise, alkalinize, allegorise, allegorize, alter, amalgamate, ameliorate, amend, americanise, americanize, angulate, animalise, animalize, animate, animise, animize, antiquate, antique, archaise, archaize, arouse, arterialise, arterialize, ash, assimilate, attemper, automate, automatise, automatize, awaken, barb, barbarise, barbarize, bear on, bear upon, beautify, bedim, beef up, begrime, bemire, bestialise, bestialize, bestow, better, blear, blind, blister, blot out, blunt, blur, boil, bolshevise, bolshevize, break, break down, break up, brighten, bring, brutalise, brutalize, bubble, buffer, calcify, camp, capture, cause to sleep, centralise, centralize, change intensity, change over, change taste, charge, chasten, check, chill, chord, circularize, civilise, 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exasperate, exchange, excite, expand, extend, exteriorise, exteriorize, externalise, externalize, fasten, fat, fatten, fatten out, fatten up, fecundate, feminise, feminize, fertilise, fertilize, fill, fill out, fill up, fix, flatten, flesh out, flocculate, form, fortify, freeze, frenchify, freshen, full, gear up, gelatinise, gelatinize, get, glamorise, glamorize, glamourise, glamourize, glorify, grace, grime, habituate, harden, harmonise, harmonize, harshen, heat, heat up, hide, hop up, hot up, hue, humanise, humanize, humble, hydrogenate, immaterialise, immaterialize, immortalise, immortalize, impact, impart, improve, inactivate, incandesce, incapacitate, increase, indispose, individualise, individualize, industrialise, industrialize, inflate, inflect, inform, inseminate, inspissate, insulate, intensify, interchange, internationalise, internationalize, intransitivise, intransitivize, introvert, invalidate, invert, iodinate, ionate, islamise, islamize, isomerise, isomerize, lace, 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plasticise, plasticize, plump, plump out, poison, polarise, polarize, politicise, politicize, port, prepare, pressurise, pressurize, profane, professionalise, professionalize, proof, prostrate, purge, purify, put, qualify, radicalize, raise, rarefy, rarify, rationalise, rationalize, ready, reclaim, recombine, recommend, reconstruct, rectify, redact, redo, redress, reestablish, refine, reflate, reform, refresh, refreshen, regenerate, reinstate, relax, remodel, renormalise, renormalize, replace, restore, restrict, retard, reverse, revolutionise, revolutionize, right, ripen, romanticise, romanticize, round, round down, round off, round out, rouse, rusticate, sanctify, sanitise, sanitize, saponify, saturate, sauce, schematise, schematize, scramble, sensibilise, sensibilize, sensify, sensitise, sensitize, sentimentalise, sentimentalize, set, set aside, set up, sex up, sexualise, sexualize, shade, shake, shallow, shape, sharpen, shift, shoal, shorten, simplify, slenderise, slenderize, slow down, smut, sober, socialise, socialize, soften, soil, solemnise, solemnize, solvate, soup up, specialise, specialize, speed, speed up, spice, spice up, spike, spiritualize, spoil, sputter, stabilise, stabilize, stain, steepen, stiffen, still, straighten, straighten out, strengthen, string, subdue, sublimate, substitute, subtilize, suburbanise, suburbanize, subvert, supercharge, supple, suspend, sweeten, switch, symmetrise, symmetrize, synchronise, synchronize, syncopate, tame, temper, tender, tenderise, tenderize, tense, terminate, territorialise, territorialize, thicken, think, tighten, tone down, touch, touch on, transaminate, transfigure, transform, transitivise, transitivize, translate, transmute, transpose, transubstantiate, turn, turn back, uglify, unclutter, undo, unfit, uniformise, uniformize, unify, unite, unsanctify, unscramble, unsex, unsubstantialise, unsubstantialize, untie, untune, update, urbanise, urbanize, validate, vaporise, variegate, vascularise, vascularize, veil, ventilate, verbify, vesiculate, virilise, virilize, visualise, visualize, vitalise, vitalize, vitiate, vitrify, vivify, void, volatilise, volatilize, vulgarise, vulgarize, wake, wake up, waken, warm, weaken, weaponize, westernise, westernize, wet, widen, womanize, worsen

Hypernyms: add, change

Origin of the word Modify

  1. late 14c., from O.Fr. modifier, from L. modificare "to limit, restrain," from modus "measure, manner" (see mode (1)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Modified; modifying. more

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