from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To change in form or character; alter.
- transitive v. To make less extreme, severe, or strong: refused to modify her stand on the issue.
- transitive v. Grammar To qualify or limit the meaning of. For example, summer modifies day in the phrase a summer day.
- transitive v. Linguistics To change (a vowel) by umlaut.
- intransitive v. To be or become modified; change.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make partial changes to.
- v. To be or become modified.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To change somewhat the form or qualities of; to change a part of something while leaving most parts unchanged; to alter somewhat
- transitive v. To limit or reduce in extent or degree; to moderate; to qualify; to lower.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To qualify; especially, to moderate or reduce in extent or degree.
- To change the properties, form, or function of; give a new form to; alter slightly or not very much; vary: as, to modify the terms of a contract; a prefix modifies the sense of a word; light is modified by its transmission through certain media.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. add a modifier to a constituent
- v. make less severe or harsh or extreme
- v. cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
Among the changes, PCH agreed to modify is mailings to eliminate any suggestion that buying magazine subscriptions or other products from PCH increases the likelihood people will win and that the more they buy, the better their chances.
Also, the part I'd modify is giving Bella a little more vampire ability other than just "blocking" the other vampires abilities.
That is, hyphenate when words in a phrase modify another work, not when they don’t.
All elements of expression modify each other, so that no mere rule can cover all cases.
For to try to make this phrase modify the verb tadhshe 'at the beginning of the sentence certainly removes it far from the word modified.
Does this increase in receptor expression modify the efficacy of cannabinoids at inducing apoptosis in astrocytomas?
,  Does this increase in receptor expression modify the coupling of CB
Nevertheless, Attorney General Eric Holder suggested Congress work on a new law to "modify" the public safety exception, but Republicans declined.
The amendment's authors argue that their fix is needed because the Dodd bill allows regulators to "modify" restrictions on proprietary trading.
In secondary school, we usually used the term "modify" rather than "depend on."