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modulate

verb [T] (SOUND)    /ˈmɒd.jʊ.leɪt/ US  /ˈmɑː.dʒə-/
[I or T] to change the style, loudness, etc. of something such as your voice in order to achieve an effect or express an emotion: His gentle introductory tone modulates into a football coach's pre-game pep talk.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently [I] specialized to change from one musical key to another: Here we modulate from G major to A minor. modulation     /ˌmɒd.jʊˈleɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌmɑː.dʒə-/ noun [C or U]
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