modify

modify mod‧i‧fy [ˈmɒdfaɪ ǁ ˈmɑː-] verb modified PTandPP [transitive]
to make changes, especially small changes, to something in order to improve it and make it more suitable or effective:

• The plan has been slightly modified.

• Banks have modified their traditional role and now offer mortgages, pensions, and other financial services.

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modify UK US /ˈmɒdɪfaɪ/ verb [T]
to slightly change something such as a plan, method, or law, usually to improve it or make it more acceptable: »

All files are marked with the date and time they were last modified.

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We modified some of the wording in the second version.

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to make changes to something such as a vehicle, machine, or tool, so that it can be used for a different purpose or in a different way: »

It is possible to modify the keyboard to suit the individual user.

Compare ADAPT(Cf. adapt)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • modify — I (alter) verb adapt, adjust, affect, ameliorate, amend, change, commutare, convert, correct, effect a change, emend, emendate, give a new form to, improve, improve upon, introduce changes, make adjustments, make corrections, make improvements,… …   Law dictionary

  • Modify — Mod i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Modified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Modifying}.] [F. modifier, L. modificare, modificari; modus limit + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Mode}, and { fy}.] 1. To change somewhat the form or qualities of; to change a part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • modify — [v1] alter, change adapt, adjust, become, convert, correct, customize, doctor, mutate, recast, redo, refashion, reform, remodel, reorganize, repair, reshape, revise, rework, shift gears*, switch over, transfigure, transform, transmogrify,… …   New thesaurus

  • modify — [mäd′ə fī΄] vt. modified, modifying [ME modifien < MFr < L modificare, to limit, regulate < modus, measure (see MODE) + facere, to make: see DO1] 1. to change or alter; esp., to change slightly or partially in character, form, etc. 2. to …   English World dictionary

  • modify — (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. modifier (14c.), from L. modificare to limit, measure off, restrain, from modus measure, manner (see MODE (Cf. mode) (n.1)) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Modified; …   Etymology dictionary

  • modify — *change, alter, vary Analogous words: temper, *moderate, qualify: *transform, convert, metamorphose, transmogrify …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • modify — ► VERB (modifies, modified) ▪ make partial changes to. ORIGIN Latin modificare, from modus measure …   English terms dictionary

  • modify — modifiable, adj. modifiability, modifiableness, n. /mod euh fuy /, v., modified, modifying. v.t. 1. to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend: to modify a contract. 2. Gram. (of a word, phrase, or clause) to stand in a… …   Universalium

  • modify — verb ADVERB ▪ considerably, drastically, extensively, greatly, heavily, profoundly, radically, significantly, substantially ▪ Th …   Collocations dictionary

  • Modify — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Modify Originaltitel: Modify Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 2005 Länge: 85 Minuten Originalsprache: englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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