modify

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Modify is on the Academic Word List.

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Plain form
modify

Third-person singular
modifies

Past tense
modified

Past participle
modified

Present participle
modifying

  1. (transitive) If you modify something, you change it, often only in small ways, and often because you want to use it in a different situation.
    Both penalties and rewards can be used to modify children's behaviour.
    It is also possible to modify the original by adding or removing parts.
    We found some new problems and modified the program accordingly.
  2. (grammar); (transitive) If a word, phrase, or clause modifies another, it is an optional word, phrase, or clause that gives more information about the other.
    The adjective "big" modifies the noun "bridge" in the expression "big bridge".

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