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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.