Mod"i*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Modified (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Modifying (?).] [F. modifier, L. modificare,
modificari; modus limit + -ficare (in comp.) to
make. See Mode, and -fy.] 1. To
change somewhat the form or qualities of; to alter somewhat; as, to
modify a contrivance adapted to some mechanical purpose; to
modify the terms of a contract.
2. To limit or reduce in extent or degree; to
moderate; to qualify; to lower.
Of his grace
He modifies his first severe decree.