What does "modified" mean?

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According to reference.com, "modified" means changed, altered or amended. It can refer to either changes in form or changes in quality. In grammar, a word or phrase is said to be modified if it is connected to a modifier, which is another word or phrase that describes or limits it.

The word "modified" comes from the Latin word "modificare," which means to regulate or restrain, usually by imposing a rule. "Modificare" evolved into "modifier" in Middle French, and then "modifien" in Middle English. Other forms of the word "modified" include the nouns "modifiable" and "modifiableness," and the verb "modify." Synonyms of "modified" include "varied," "tempered" and "adjusted."

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mod·i·fy
[mod-uh-fahy]
VERB (USED WITH OBJECT) [MOD·I·FIED, MOD·I·FY·ING.]
1.
to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend: to modify a contract.
2.
Grammar (of a word, phrase, or clause) to stand in a syntactically subordinate relation to (another word, phrase, or clause), usually with descriptive, limiting, or particularizing meaning; be a modifier. In a good man, good modifies man.
3.
to be the modifier or attribute of.
4.
to change (a vowel) by umlaut.
5.
to reduce or lessen in degree or extent; moderate; soften: to modify one's demands.
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