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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Modify \Mod"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Modified; p. pr. & vb.
n. Modifying.] [F. modifier, L. modificare, modificari;
modus limit + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Mode, and
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
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.
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
20 Moby Thesaurus words for "modifying":
altering, assuasive, bounding, extenuating, extenuatory, lenitive,
limitative, limiting, mitigating, mitigative, mitigatory,
modificatory, modulatory, palliative, qualificative, qualificatory,
qualifying, restricting, restrictive, softening
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