Mod·i·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Modified p. pr. & vb. n. Modifying ]
1. To change somewhat the form or qualities of; to change a part of something while leaving most parts unchanged; to alter somewhat; as, to modify a contrivance adapted to some mechanical purpose; to modify the terms of a contract.
2. To limit or reduce in extent or degree; to moderate; to qualify; to lower.
Of his grace
He modifies his first severe decree. --Dryden.
v 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]
adj 1: changed in form or character; "their modified stand made the
issue more acceptable"; "the performance of the
modified aircraft was much improved" [ant: unmodified]
2: mediocre [syn: limited]