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modifier

noun

mod·​i·​fi·​er


| \ˈmä-də-ˌfī(-ə)r

\

Definition of modifier 

1

: one that modifies

2

: a word or phrase that makes specific the meaning of another word or phrase

3

: a gene that modifies the effect of another

Examples of modifier in a Sentence


In “a red hat,” the adjective “red” is a modifier describing the noun “hat.”


In “They were talking loudly,” the adverb “loudly” is a modifier of the verb “talking.”

Recent Examples on the Web


But following his leap Saturday into third place on IndyCar’s all-time wins list (43) — a runaway on the oval at Texas Motor Speedway — the modifiers are beginning to feel insufficient.

Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, “Insider: No superlatives necessary. For Scott Dixon, greatness implicit,” 10 June 2018



For instance, a writer couldn’t go all Samantha Bee or use a curse word as a modifier.

Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, “Rangers Reaction: Time to call Beltre ‘Slash.’ It’s better than ‘Mr. DL’,” 1 June 2018



Those include the installation of friction modifiers on the track surface and additional ballast material beneath the rails, according to CSX.

Washington Post, “As CSX tunnel project wraps up, concerns rise over train speeds and vibration,” 26 May 2018



Surbaugh predicted that both boys and girls in Scouts BSA would refer to themselves simply as scouts, rather than adding ‘‘boy’’ or ‘‘girl’’ as a modifier.

David Crary, BostonGlobe.com, “With girls joining the ranks, Boy Scouts planning a name change,” 2 May 2018



But the lazy remedy, merely to move a modifier one word left or right, is worse.

The Economist, “The ban on split infinitives is an idea whose time never came,” 26 Apr. 2018



The classic drink has quite a few sweet modifiers (like orange curaçao and pomegranate) and the heavier alcohol, at 45 percent, helps cut through that sweetness.

Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, “The Best Cuban Rum Brands to Buy Today,” 15 Apr. 2017



And yes, that’s the we-can-print-that-name-in-a-family newspaper name, although fans know the tune as sporting a bit more colorful modifier in both the title and lyrics.

Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, “‘Ready Player One’ another triumph for Steven Spielberg (review),” 29 Mar. 2018



With dozens of brands of almost every spirit now available, not to mention the flood of vermouths and other modifiers, there’s a lot of pressure to pick the right one.

Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, “Simple and delicious cocktails you can make at home | The Kansas City Star,” 20 Feb. 2018

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modifier

noun

English Language Learners Definition of modifier

grammar : a word (such as an adjective or adverb) or phrase that describes another word or group of words

See the full definition for modifier in the English Language Learners Dictionary

modifier

noun

mod·​i·​fi·​er


| \ˈmä-də-ˌfī-ər

\

Kids Definition of modifier

: a word (as an adjective or adverb) used with another word to limit its meaning

In the phrase “very big dog” the words “very” and “big” are modifiers.

modifier

noun

mod·​i·​fi·​er


| \ˈmäd-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r

\

Medical Definition of modifier 

1

: one that modifies

2

: a gene that modifies the effect of another

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modifier

noun

mod·​i·​fi·​er


| \ˈmä-də-ˌfī(-ə)r

\

Definition of modifier 

1

: one that modifies

2

: a word or phrase that makes specific the meaning of another word or phrase

3

: a gene that modifies the effect of another

Examples of modifier in a Sentence


In “a red hat,” the adjective “red” is a modifier describing the noun “hat.”


In “They were talking loudly,” the adverb “loudly” is a modifier of the verb “talking.”

Recent Examples on the Web


But following his leap Saturday into third place on IndyCar’s all-time wins list (43) — a runaway on the oval at Texas Motor Speedway — the modifiers are beginning to feel insufficient.

Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, “Insider: No superlatives necessary. For Scott Dixon, greatness implicit,” 10 June 2018



For instance, a writer couldn’t go all Samantha Bee or use a curse word as a modifier.

Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, “Rangers Reaction: Time to call Beltre ‘Slash.’ It’s better than ‘Mr. DL’,” 1 June 2018



Those include the installation of friction modifiers on the track surface and additional ballast material beneath the rails, according to CSX.

Washington Post, “As CSX tunnel project wraps up, concerns rise over train speeds and vibration,” 26 May 2018



Surbaugh predicted that both boys and girls in Scouts BSA would refer to themselves simply as scouts, rather than adding ‘‘boy’’ or ‘‘girl’’ as a modifier.

David Crary, BostonGlobe.com, “With girls joining the ranks, Boy Scouts planning a name change,” 2 May 2018



But the lazy remedy, merely to move a modifier one word left or right, is worse.

The Economist, “The ban on split infinitives is an idea whose time never came,” 26 Apr. 2018



The classic drink has quite a few sweet modifiers (like orange curaçao and pomegranate) and the heavier alcohol, at 45 percent, helps cut through that sweetness.

Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, “The Best Cuban Rum Brands to Buy Today,” 15 Apr. 2017



And yes, that’s the we-can-print-that-name-in-a-family newspaper name, although fans know the tune as sporting a bit more colorful modifier in both the title and lyrics.

Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, “‘Ready Player One’ another triumph for Steven Spielberg (review),” 29 Mar. 2018



With dozens of brands of almost every spirit now available, not to mention the flood of vermouths and other modifiers, there’s a lot of pressure to pick the right one.

Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, “Simple and delicious cocktails you can make at home | The Kansas City Star,” 20 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘modifier.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback .

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First Known Use of modifier

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Modified Basket Maker

modified life policy

modified soda

modifier

modify

Modigliani

modillion

Statistics for modifier

Last Updated

12 Oct 2018

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Time Traveler for modifier

The first known use of modifier was
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More Definitions for modifier

modifier

noun

English Language Learners Definition of modifier

grammar : a word (such as an adjective or adverb) or phrase that describes another word or group of words

See the full definition for modifier in the English Language Learners Dictionary

modifier

noun

mod·​i·​fi·​er


| \ˈmä-də-ˌfī-ər

\

Kids Definition of modifier

: a word (as an adjective or adverb) used with another word to limit its meaning

In the phrase “very big dog” the words “very” and “big” are modifiers.

modifier

noun

mod·​i·​fi·​er


| \ˈmäd-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r

\

Medical Definition of modifier 

1

: one that modifies

2

: a gene that modifies the effect of another

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on modifier

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with modifier

Spanish Central: Translation of modifier

Nglish: Translation of modifier for Spanish Speakers

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of acute mental vision or discernment

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    Several words spike after former president’s death

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modifier

noun

mod·​i·​fi·​er


| \ˈmä-də-ˌfī(-ə)r

\

Definition of modifier 

1

: one that modifies

2

: a word or phrase that makes specific the meaning of another word or phrase

3

: a gene that modifies the effect of another

Examples of modifier in a Sentence


In “a red hat,” the adjective “red” is a modifier describing the noun “hat.”


In “They were talking loudly,” the adverb “loudly” is a modifier of the verb “talking.”

Recent Examples on the Web


But following his leap Saturday into third place on IndyCar’s all-time wins list (43) — a runaway on the oval at Texas Motor Speedway — the modifiers are beginning to feel insufficient.

Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, “Insider: No superlatives necessary. For Scott Dixon, greatness implicit,” 10 June 2018



For instance, a writer couldn’t go all Samantha Bee or use a curse word as a modifier.

Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, “Rangers Reaction: Time to call Beltre ‘Slash.’ It’s better than ‘Mr. DL’,” 1 June 2018



Those include the installation of friction modifiers on the track surface and additional ballast material beneath the rails, according to CSX.

Washington Post, “As CSX tunnel project wraps up, concerns rise over train speeds and vibration,” 26 May 2018



Surbaugh predicted that both boys and girls in Scouts BSA would refer to themselves simply as scouts, rather than adding ‘‘boy’’ or ‘‘girl’’ as a modifier.

David Crary, BostonGlobe.com, “With girls joining the ranks, Boy Scouts planning a name change,” 2 May 2018



But the lazy remedy, merely to move a modifier one word left or right, is worse.

The Economist, “The ban on split infinitives is an idea whose time never came,” 26 Apr. 2018



The classic drink has quite a few sweet modifiers (like orange curaçao and pomegranate) and the heavier alcohol, at 45 percent, helps cut through that sweetness.

Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, “The Best Cuban Rum Brands to Buy Today,” 15 Apr. 2017



And yes, that’s the we-can-print-that-name-in-a-family newspaper name, although fans know the tune as sporting a bit more colorful modifier in both the title and lyrics.

Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, “‘Ready Player One’ another triumph for Steven Spielberg (review),” 29 Mar. 2018



With dozens of brands of almost every spirit now available, not to mention the flood of vermouths and other modifiers, there’s a lot of pressure to pick the right one.

Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, “Simple and delicious cocktails you can make at home | The Kansas City Star,” 20 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘modifier.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback .

See More

First Known Use of modifier

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about modifier

Share modifier

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Resources for modifier

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Time Traveler

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Dictionary Entries near modifier

Modified Basket Maker

modified life policy

modified soda

modifier

modify

Modigliani

modillion

Statistics for modifier

Last Updated

12 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for modifier

The first known use of modifier was
in 1583

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for modifier

modifier

noun

English Language Learners Definition of modifier

grammar : a word (such as an adjective or adverb) or phrase that describes another word or group of words

See the full definition for modifier in the English Language Learners Dictionary

modifier

noun

mod·​i·​fi·​er


| \ˈmä-də-ˌfī-ər

\

Kids Definition of modifier

: a word (as an adjective or adverb) used with another word to limit its meaning

In the phrase “very big dog” the words “very” and “big” are modifiers.

modifier

noun

mod·​i·​fi·​er


| \ˈmäd-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r

\

Medical Definition of modifier 

1

: one that modifies

2

: a gene that modifies the effect of another

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on modifier

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with modifier

Spanish Central: Translation of modifier

Nglish: Translation of modifier for Spanish Speakers

Comments on modifier

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WORD OF THE DAY

perspicacious

of acute mental vision or discernment

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  • Which answer pairs best with all of the following words: free, stretch, front, furnishings, page, movies
  • trouble
    couches
  • hands
    home

Name That Thing

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  1. complicit


    Sen. Graham accuses Saudi prince


  2. tariff


    The President is a Tariff Man.


  3. Godspeed, noblesse oblige, & scion


    Several words spike after former president’s death

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Love words? Need even more definitions?

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