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Definition of "modifier" []

  • A word, phrase, or clause that limits or qualifies the sense of another word or word group. (noun)
  • A word or phrase that qualifies the sense of another word; for example, the noun alarm is a modifier of clock in alarm clock and the phrase every day is an adverbial modifier of walks in he walks every day (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person or thing that modifies (noun)

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Use "modifier" in a sentence
  • "As someone who was a Redskins fan during Clint Didier's heyday, the proper modifier is "former NFL journeyman," not "former NFL star.""
  • "Unhappily, this tired modifier is supposed to signal that the book in question is somehow risky and dangerous in subject matter or treatment, but it just makes me roll my eyes and look for a barf bag."
  • "The "legend," strangely split from its crucial prepositional modifier, is associated with non-verbal nature, with silence and quietness."