modulate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “modulate” in the English Dictionary

"modulate" in British English

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modulateverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɒd.jʊ.leɪt/  us   /ˈmɑː.dʒə-/

modulate verb [T] (SOUND)

[I or T] to ​change the ​style, ​loudness, etc. of something such as ​yourvoice in ​order to ​achieve an ​effect or ​express an ​emotion: His ​gentleintroductorytone modulates into a coach's pre-game ​peptalk. [I] specialized to ​change from one ​musical key to another: Here we modulate from G ​major to A ​minor.

modulate verb [T] (PLAN/PROCESS)

[T] formal to ​change something, such as an ​action or a ​process, to make it more ​suitable for ​itssituation: An ​electedcommittee will ​meetmonthly to modulate the council's ​energypolicy.

modulate verb [T] (BROADCASTING)

[T] specialized media to ​mix an ​electricalsignal that ​representssounds or ​pictures with a ​radiosignal so that it can be ​broadcast
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌmɒd.jʊˈleɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌmɑː.dʒə-/
(Definition of modulate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"modulate" in American English

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modulateverb [T]

 us   /ˈmɑdʒ·əˌleɪt/
to ​vary the ​strength, ​quality, or ​amount of something: Teachers modulate the way they ​work in ​response to ​theirstudents’ ​needs. Modulate ​yourtone of ​voice when ​speaking in ​court.
(Definition of modulate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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