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modify   WordNet 2.0

- 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"

 
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- make less severe or harsh or extreme
"please modify this letter to make it more polite"
"he modified his views on same-gender marriage"

 
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- add a modifier to a constituent

 
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Modify   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. To change somewhat the form or qualities of; 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.

 
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