make less severe or harsh or extreme
"please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"
add a modifier to a constituent
change, alter, modify(verb)
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To change is distinctively to make a thing other than it has been, in some respect at least; to exchange to put or take something else in its place; to alter is ordinarily to change partially, to make different in one or more particulars. To exchange is often to transfer ownership; as, to exchange city for country property. Change is often used in the sense of exchange; as, to change horses. To transmute is to change the qualities while the substance remains the same; as, to transmute the baser metals into gold. To transform is to change form or appearance, with or without deeper and more essential change; it is less absolute than transmute, tho sometimes used for that word, and is often used in a spiritual sense as transmute could not be; "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind," Rom. xii, 2. Transfigure is, as in its Scriptural use, to change in an exalted and glorious spiritual way; "Jesus ... was transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light," Matt. xvii, 1, 2. To metamorphose is to make some remarkable change, ordinarily in external qualities, but often in structure, use, or chemical constitution, as of a caterpillar into a butterfly, of the stamens of a plant into petals, or of the crystalline structure of rocks, hence called "metamorphic rocks," as when a limestone is metamorphosed into a marble. To vary is to change from time to time, often capriciously. To commute is to put something easier, lighter, milder, or in some way more favorable in place of that which is commuted; as, to commute capital punishment to imprisonment for life; to commute daily fares on a railway to a monthly payment. To convert (Latin con, with, and verto, turn) is to primarily turn about, and signifies to change in form, character, use, etc., through a wide range of relations; iron is converted into steel, joy into grief, a sinner into a saint. To turn is a popular word for change in any sense short of the meaning of exchange, being often equivalent to alter, convert, transform, transmute, etc. We modify or qualify a statement which might seem too strong; we modify it by some limitation, qualify it by some addition.
To change a home toilet for a street dress; to change from a caterpillar to or into a butterfly; to change clothes with a beggar.
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How to use modify in a sentence?
President Duterte should come down on the side of press freedom and scrap the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, or at least modify the act to ensure that the media can not be hit with bogus incitement charges, the legislation as written is a direct threat to journalists, and should be rejected.
According to our previous research, there is a bias against testing exercise, medical research increasingly favors drug interventions over strategies to modify lifestyle.
Specific elements in the contract do not satisfy the finance ministry, the goal is to modify the partnership contract to lift those caveats.
The easiest way to forgive yourself or others and then let go, is just to realize and also to keep on reminding yourself that you can't change your past. Yes! you can't help it. You only have the present moment and the future ahead of you to modify and to your own taste (mark you). ~Emeasoba George
Finding other mammals that use their vocal tract in the same way as us to modify sounds informs us on how vocal skills are influenced by genetics and learning and can ultimately help to develop new methods to study speech disorders.
Translations for modify
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- modificarCatalan, Valencian
- ändern, abändern, modifizierenGerman
- προσδιορίζω, μετατρέπομαι, μετατρέπωGreek
- muokata, määrittää, muunnellaFinnish
- veranderen, modificerenDutch
- изменяться, модифицироваться, изменять, модифицироватьRussian
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