modulate modulate  /ˈmɔdʒ ju leɪt/


  1. (v) change the key of, in music
  2. (v) vary the pitch of one's speech
  3. (v) fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
  4. (v) adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of
  5. (v) vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)



  1. In doing so, they often amplify the ups and downs of markets rather than modulate them.
  2. Obama continues to modulate his tone, as he did in a June 23 press conference, upping his criticism of the regime.
  3. To ramp up a song's intensity, they'd modulate chords like crazy.


  • Posttraumatic stress disorder treatment: Genetic predictor of response to exposure therapy

    ( Elsevier ) There is growing evidence that a gene variant that reduces the plasticity of the nervous system also modulates responses to treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. In this case, patients with posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, with a less functional variant of the gene coding for brain-derived neurotrophic factor, responded less well to exposure therapy.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!


  1. Anuradha Paudwal said, "Lata Mangeshkar is a perfect example of a playback singer who can modulate her voice according to various song situations and suit characters as per their age and social status."
    on Sep 27, 2008 By: Anuradha Paudwal Source: Sify

  2. "The results of our Phase I trials show DG051 to be well tolerated and to provide a potent means of reining in the activity of the pathway our research has shown to modulate risk of heart attack. This latest study also provides us with...
    on May 1, 2007 By: Kari Stefansson Source: PR Newswire (press release)

  3. "Our results demonstrate that DJ-1 negatively regulates PTEN function, and that this cell survival control mechanism is conserved among various tissues and species. Taken together, our data suggest that overexpression of DJ-1 can modulate PTEN tumor...
    on Mar 14, 2005 By: Tak Wah Mak Source: EurekAlert (press release)

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