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MOD'IFY, v.t. [L. modificor; modus, limit, manner, and facio, to make.]

1. To change the form or external qualities of a thing; to shape; to give a new form of being to; as, to modify matter, light or sound.

2. To vary; to give a new form to any thing; as, to modify the terms of a contract. A prefix modifies the sense of a verb.

3. To moderate; to qualify; to reduce in extent or degree.

Of his grace

He modifies his first severe decree.

MOD'IFY, v.i. To extenuate.




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MOD'IFY, v.t. [L. modificor; modus, limit, manner, and facio, to make.]

1. To change the form or external qualities of a thing; to shape; to give a new form of being to; as, to modify matter, light or sound.

2. To vary; to give a new form to any thing; as, to modify the terms of a contract. A prefix modifies the sense of a verb.

3. To moderate; to qualify; to reduce in extent or degree.

Of his grace

He modifies his first severe decree.

MOD'IFY, v.i. To extenuate.


MOD'I-FY, v.i.

To extenuate. L'Estrange.


MOD'I-FY, v.t. [Fr. modifier; It. modificare; Sp. modificar; L. modificor; modus, limit, manner, and facio, to make.]

  1. To change the form or external qualities of a thing; to shape; to give a new form of being to; as, to modify matter, light or sound. Newton. Holder.
  2. To vary; to give a new form to anything; as, to modify the terms of a contract. A prefix modifies the sense of a verb.
  3. To moderate; to qualify; to reduce in extent or degree. Of his grace / He modifies his first severe decree. Dryden.

Mod"i*fy
  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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Modify

MOD'IFY, verb transitive [Latin modificor; modus, limit, manner, and facio, to make.]

1. To change the form or external qualities of a thing; to shape; to give a new form of being to; as, to modify matter, light or sound.

2. To vary; to give a new form to any thing; as, to modify the terms of a contract. A prefix modifies the sense of a verb.

3. To moderate; to qualify; to reduce in extent or degree.

Of his grace

He modifies his first severe decree.

MOD'IFY, verb intransitive To extenuate.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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