V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to change or temper something in order to regulate its intensity, to make it less strong or severe; 2. to adjust a musical note, tune, or pitch; 3. to alter a wave (such as a radio wave) for broadcasting
Synonyms: adjust, adapt, moderate, regulate, proportion, alter, vibrate, inflect, accentuate
Tips: Modulate is derived from the Latin modulari, "to measure or adjust to the rhythm." When modulate refers to a change in tone or pitch, it most often refers to a lowering, lessening, or softening.
I modulated the tuning knob on the radio until the station came in clearly. (adjusted)
The singer spent many hours working on how to better modulate her voice in difficult songs. (alter, adjust)
The company has an obligation to modulate its pollution levels if they exceed EPA standards. (regulate, moderate)
The speaker modulated his voice to better captivate his audience. (inflected, accentuated)
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