modify

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From Middle English modifien, from Middle French modifier, from Latin modificare (to limit, control, regulate, deponent), from modificari (to measure off, set bound to, moderate), from modus (measure) + facere (to make); see mode.

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modify (third-person singular simple present modifies, present participle modifying, simple past and past participle modified)

  1. (transitive) To change part of.
  2. (intransitive) To be or become modified.
  3. (transitive) To set bounds to; to moderate.
  4. (grammar, transitive) To qualify the meaning of.

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