Meaning: make less severe or harsh or extreme; "please modify this letter to make it more polite"; "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"
Meaning: add a modifier to a constituent
But certain local conditions may modify this rate.
It refused to modify it in the least, and voted, as if in bravado, another eight hundred thousand dollars to extend it.
There are many authors who maintain that the soul can act directly on the body and modify it, and this is what is called inter-actionism.
When the road opened, there was a rush of hurdy-gurdy girls for dance-halls; but that did not modify the rough chivalry of an unwritten law.
"That being the case, I will modify my suggestion somewhat and send the idea to President Taylor of Vassar and other heads of women's colleges.
I shall not trouble you now with the grounds for holding as against Berkeley that the patch of colour is physical; I have set them forth before, and I see no reason to modify them.
"Let there," he said, "be three men walking together: from that number I should be sure to find my instructors; for what is good in them I should choose out and follow, and what is not good I should modify."
In the degree in which he is intellectually concerned, or thoughtful, he will be actively on the lookout; he will take steps which although they do not affect the campaign, modify in some degree his subsequent actions.
Systematic advance in invention and discovery began when men recognized that they could utilize doubt for purposes of inquiry by forming conjectures to guide action in tentative explorations, whose development would confirm, refute, or modify the guiding conjecture.
While the theoretical errors of which we have been speaking have their expressions in the conduct of schools, they are themselves the outcome of conditions of social life. A change confined to the theoretical conviction of educators will not remove the difficulties, though it should render more effective efforts to modify social conditions.