Modify vs. Adapt

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  • Modify (verb)

    To make partial changes to.

  • Modify (verb)

    To be or become modified.

  • Adapt (verb)

    To make suitable; to make to correspond; to fit or suit


  • Adapt (verb)

    To fit by alteration; to modify or remodel for a different purpose; to adjust

    "to adapt a story for the stage"

    "to adapt an old machine to a new manufacture"

  • Adapt (verb)

    To make by altering or fitting something else; to produce by change of form or character

    "to bring out a play adapted from the French"

    "a word of an adapted form"

  • Adapt (verb)

    To change oneself so as to be adapted.

    "They could not adapt to the new climate and so perished."

  • Adapt (adjective)

    Adapted; fit; suited; suitable.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Modify

    To change somewhat the form or qualities of; to change a part of something while leaving most parts unchanged; to alter somewhat; as, to modify a contrivance adapted to some mechanical purpose; to modify the terms of a contract.

  • Modify

    To limit or reduce in extent or degree; to moderate; to qualify; to lower.

  • Adapt (adjective)

    Fitted; suited.

  • Adapt

    To make suitable; to fit, or suit; to adjust; to alter so as to fit for a new use; - sometimes followed by to or for.

Webster Dictionary
  • Modify (verb)

    make less severe or harsh or extreme;

    "please modify this letter to make it more polite"

    "he modified his views on same-gender marriage"

  • Modify (verb)

    add a modifier to a constituent

  • Modify (verb)

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation;

    "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"

    "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

  • Adapt (verb)

    make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose;

    "Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"

  • Adapt (verb)

    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions;

    "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"

Princeton's WordNet

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