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verb     modify pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlemodifying
past tensemodified
past participlemodified
  1. 1
    [transitive] to change something slightly, especially in order to improve it or to make it less extreme

    Under mandatory sentencing, the court has no authority to modify the prison term.

    The plan involved modifying two of the windows.

    a modified form of golf using cut-down clubs and a softer ball

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] linguistics to add to the meaning of another word or a phrase by giving more information about it


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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