Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: verb

Definitions: (verb) If a word, phrase, or clause can modify another, it is an optional word, phrase, or clause that gives more information about the other. (verb) If you modify something, you change it, often only in small ways, and often because you want to use it in a different situation.

Examples: (verb) The adjective “long” can modify many nouns, such as “bridge” in the expression “long bridge”. (verb) The program allows the user to modify the design of the house that they want to build. (verb) Both penalties and rewards can be used to modify children’s behaviour.

Synonyms: verbs: alter, change, adjust.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 5 B

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