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"modify" in British English

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modifyverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɒd.ɪ.faɪ/  us   /ˈmɑː.dɪ-/
  • modify verb [T] (CHANGE)

C1 to ​change something such as a ​plan, ​opinion, ​law, or way of ​behaviourslightly, usually to ​improve it or make it more ​acceptable: Instead of ​simplypunishing them, the ​systemencouragesoffenders to modify ​theirbehaviour. The ​proposals were ​unpopular and were only ​accepted in a modified ​form.
  • modify verb [T] (LANGUAGE)

specialized language If a word or phrase modifies another word or phrase used with it, it ​limits or ​adds to ​itsmeaning: In the ​sentence "She ​ranquickly" the ​adverb "​quickly" modifies the ​verb "​ran".
(Definition of modify from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"modify" in American English

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modifyverb [T]

 us   /ˈmɑd·əˌfɑɪ/
  • modify verb [T] (CHANGE)

to ​change something ​slightly, esp. to ​improve it or make it more ​acceptable or less ​extreme: The ​schoolboarddecided to modify ​itsexistingemploymentpolicy.
  • modify verb [T] (GRAMMAR)

grammar to ​limit or ​add to the ​meaning of a word or phrase
(Definition of modify from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"modify" in Business English

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modifyverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈmɒdɪfaɪ/
to slightly ​change something such as a ​plan, ​method, or ​law, usually to ​improve it or make it more acceptable: All ​files are ​marked with the ​date and ​time they were last modified. We modified some of the ​wording in the second ​version. Instead of ​sending them away without an answer, the ​system encourages ​users to modify their ​search.
to make ​changes to something such as a ​vehicle, ​machine, or ​tool, so that it can be used for a different ​purpose or in a different way: It is possible to modify the ​keyboard to ​suit the ​individualuser.
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(Definition of modify from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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