Pronunciation: (mod'u-fī"ur), [key]
1. a person or thing that modifies.
a. a word, phrase, or sentence element that limits or qualifies the sense of another word, phrase, or element in the same construction.
b. the immediate constituent of an endocentric construction that is not the head.
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