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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb modify:


The word modify and its family (modification, modifications, modified, modifies, modifying, unmodified) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb modify

What does modify mean as a doing word?

Modify is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: modified

  1. make less severe or harsh or extreme
    • example: please modify this letter to make it more polite
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific terms:
  2. add a modifier to a constituent
    • domain: grammar
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of modify: qualify
    • more generic word: add = make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others
  3. cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Alternative definition of the verb modify


  1. [transitive] To make partial changes to.
  2. [intransitive] To be or become modified.


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Modify

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Google previewExploring SE for Android (2015)

by William Confer, William Roberts

The next thing to modify is the sepolicy file, genfs_context by adding the following : genfscon ramfs / u:object_r:ramdisk:s0 Now, we will compile the boot image and flash it to the device, or better yet, let's use the dynamic policy reload support ...

Google previewSignal Processing for Cognitive Radios (2014)

by Sudharman K. Jayaweera

Essentially, all we need to modify is the definition of the belief-state vector wherein we include the ...

Google previewThe Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (2009)

The A to Z Desktop Reference of Photoshop by Philip Andrews

Menu: Select > Modify Shortcut: – Version: 6.0, 7.0, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4 See also: Smooth, Expand Selection Contract –selection, Feather, Refine Edge Existing selections can be modified in the following ways: Border –Choosing the Border ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (1991)

Volume 8 - Geographic Information System to Hypertext by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

is based on the observation that the file names included in a command invocation often represent the only pre-existing files that a program should be permitted to modify. For example, the Unix command line mail-f mbox ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geography (2010)

by Barney Warf

directly modify topography and act as roughness elements in plains and fluvial corridors. Such roughness elements alter local infiltration rates and represent points for clastic and chemical sedimentation and ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia of Geography (2003)

The Environment and Humankind by Prof Ian Douglas, Richard John Hugget, Mike Robinson

Adjustments to the flood hazard can be grouped broadly into three methods of coping: modify the flood; modify the damage susceptibility; modify the loss burden; alternatively, one can do nothing (see Table 29.3). Structural adjustments ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of High Performance Silicones (2014)

by Atul Tiwari, Mark D. Soucek

There are differenttypesof silanes thatcanbe used to modify the surfaceof silica.In this review...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of United States Supreme Court Reports (1911)

Being a Complete Encyclopedia of All the Case Law of the Federal Supreme Court Up to and Including Volume 206 U.S. Supreme Court Reports (book 51 Lawyers' Edition)

modify," amend,” or insert exceptions in a statute,” though, when so guided by the clear legislative intent, the court may disregard particular expressions and harmonize inconsistent expressions." b. To Avoid Injustice, Inconvenience and ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1892)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

MODIFY. OR. ANNUL. —. All. contracts. made. by. the. receiver. are. subject. to. the. control. of. the. court,. and. it. may. modify. or. disregard. them .1. Where. the. contract. has. been. made. - • .V.,4 , -U .- ...

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Quotes about Modify

History repeats itself. The winners modify it again. (Mladen Vukovic)
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Scrabble value of M3O1D2I1F4Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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