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Topic: GRAMMAR

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: modifier, from Latin modificare 'to measure, moderate', from modus; MODE

modify

verb
     
mod‧i‧fy past tense and past participle modified, present participle modifying, third person singular modifies [transitive]
1 to make small changes to something in order to improve it and make it more suitable or effective [= adapt]:
The feedback will be used to modify the course for next year.
The regulations can only be modified by a special committee.
modify something to do something
The seats can be modified to fit other types of vehicle.
2 technicalSLG if an adjective, adverb etc modifies another word, it describes something or limits the word's meaning. In the phrase 'walk slowly', the adverb 'slowly' modifies the verb 'walk'.
WORD FOCUS: change WORD FOCUS: change
to change something: alter, adapt, adjust, amend, modify, revise, vary

to change a system or organization: restructure, reorganize, reform

to change something completely: transform, revolutionize

to change facts or information, or change what someone has said: twist, distort, misrepresent

easily changed: flexible, adaptable

impossible to change: fixed, final, irrevocable


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