1. [ verb ] make less severe or harsh or extreme

"please modify this letter to make it more polite" "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"

Related terms: change buffer update qualify cushion specialize corrupt inflect cream syncopate optimise mellow temper update soup_up attemper alteration changer
2. [ verb ] (grammar) add a modifier to a constituent
Synonyms: qualify
Related terms: add accelerate grammar modifier modification
3. [ verb ] cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
Synonyms: change alter

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Related terms: leave make put lend better fill increase bring prepare enable affect end strengthen adjust unclutter clean cool transform switch convert shape dry damage affect heat turn transform bring reduce mix set emphasize tighten awaken translate color invert obscure straighten decorate weaken clarify make complicate loosen convert right mark centralize empty suspend wet simplify renew develop civilize decrease break_down make_possible estrange remodel demythologize boil worsen form neutralize sensitize magnetize thicken mince insulate habituate nationalize stabilize confuse polarize stain blind activate charge harmonize stiffen draw obscure touch complicate lift shift cut suspend inform iodinate counterchange depersonalize flatten oxidize decentralize ripen communize Europeanize saturate reconstruct naturalize purify revolutionize ease_up assimilate brighten check corrupt commute democratize liberalize shake blur capture humanize humble alter disqualify automatize widen dirty restore sophisticate glorify contaminate personalize spice outmode urbanise fatten urbanize sputter prostrate harshen end cook animize edit extend dull warm tame conventionalize freeze parallel poison convert invert disable archaize unscramble sharpen sharpen customize demagnetize blunt spike refine supercharge unite age socialize coarsen round_off vascularise internationalize Europeanize antiquate antique Americanize bestialize anglicize Frenchify soften sober decrepitate denationalize acerbate naturalize denaturalize even denaturalize destabilize suburbanize etiolate cry equal detransitivize transitivize full familiarize desensitize diversify deaden disorder discolor dissimilate liquefy
Similar spelling:   motif