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1 make less severe or harsh or extreme; "please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"
2 add a modifier to a constituent [syn: qualify]
3 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" [syn: change, alter] [also: modified]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin modificare, from modus 'measure'.


  1. To make partial changes to.
  2. To be or become modified.


to make partial changes to
to be or become modified



Extensive Definition

Modification may refer to:

See also

modify in German: Modifikation
modify in Low German: Modifikatschoon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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