Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

modulate - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb modulate pronunciation in British English /ˈmɒdjʊleɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemodulating
past tensemodulated
past participlemodulated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to change something, especially in order to achieve a particular effect
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] mainly literary if you modulate your voice, or if it modulates, you change the way it sounds
      His voice had modulated into seriousness.
      Synonyms and related words
    2. c.

derived word


 modulate pronunciation in British English /ˌmɒdjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog