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 History of this Word

"modify" is from "modifier" (to change), spoken in France during 1000-1400 A.D.
which was from "modificare" (to control), spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.


The word "ball" means a spherical object. But "green ball" limits the meaning to only sperical objects that are green.

These are modifiers that limit meaning.

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He looked up. ("up" limits meaning of "looked")

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Their students are bright. ("their" limits meaning of "students")

Words related to this meaning

grammar is noun

adjective, adverb, article are types of "modifier"

"modifier" is a type of part of speech

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Meaning 1


Word or phrase that limits meaning. Changes the meaning of another word(s). Created to expand communication. Can be combined with other modifiers to create a large number of slightly different meanings.

Examples of how the word is used

In the following sentences, underline all modifiers.
Modifiers are like teenagers: they fall in love with whatever they're next to.