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modify (v.)

late 14c., modifien, "alter, amend, adjust, change the properties, form, or function of;" also "set limits, keep within the bounds of reason; choose a middle course," from Old French modifier (14c.), from Latin modificare "to limit, measure off, restrain," from modus "measure, manner" (from PIE root *med- "take appropriate measures") + combining form of facere "to make" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put"). Related: Modified; modifying.

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Definitions of modify from WordNet

modify (v.)
make less severe or harsh or extreme;
he modified his views on same-gender marriage
please modify this letter to make it more polite
modify (v.)
add a modifier to a constituent;
Synonyms: qualify
modify (v.)
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation;
Synonyms: change / alter
From wordnet.princeton.edu