Meaning of “modal” in the English Dictionary

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"modal" in British English

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modalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈməʊ.dəl/ us /ˈmoʊ.dəl/ also modal verb specialized

B1 a verb, such as "can", "might", and "must", that is used with another verb to express an idea such as possibility that is not expressed by the main verb of a sentence:

The first verb in the following sentence is a modal: We ought to pay the gas bill.

More examples

  • We did some exercises on modal verbs.
  • Modal verbs can be quite tricky.


(Definition of “modal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"modal" in Business English

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modaladjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈməʊdəl/ us

used to describe the number or value which appears most often in a particular set:

There are rates of 5, 10, 20, 40 and 70%, the modal rate being 10%.

(Definition of “modal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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