Definition of modification in English:

modification

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action of modifying something.

    ‘the parts supplied should fit with little or no modification’
    • ‘They call for modification of driving techniques, and awareness of the fact that there may be a problem.’
    • ‘If you are on medication to thin your blood then contact your doctor for modification of medicine.’
    • ‘They could be produced by slave labour, through genetic modification, or by animal testing.’
    • ‘But genetic modification does not stop at plants; it could include animals as well.’
    • ‘The only major modification he had to make was to eat at home in the evenings instead of having a high-carb supper at the bowling club.’
    • ‘Thus supporters of globalization are keen to temper its most unpopular effects by modification of neoliberal policies.’
    • ‘Any diesel vehicle can use the fuel without modification and without invalidating manufacturers' guarantees.’
    • ‘Where politics is based on argument and persuasion, education as a political tool is a form of behaviour modification.’
    • ‘Far from being rigid or fixed, they are highly responsive to modification through fresh information.’
    • ‘That should be the standard day, subject to modification by the judge where that is considered appropriate.’
    • ‘Each week they have a weigh in, after undergoing some serious workouts and eating modification.’
    • ‘It is not likely to encourage modification of the proposals.’
    • ‘It's just the nature of these rules which will always be vexed and under constant modification.’
    • ‘Short of screening, no child and youngster will comply with treatment and diet modification.’
    • ‘In many cases, cholesterol can be brought down by diet modification alone.’
    • ‘He said that this modification creating criminal offences would apply whenever new Community grading rules are made.’
    • ‘The following tips for lifestyle modification will go along way to protect one from heat related illness.’
    • ‘The document then contains various language leaving the door open to further modification.’
    softening, moderation, tempering, qualification, restriction, lessening, reduction, decrease, diminishing, lowering, abatement, mitigation
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A change made.
      ‘a number of modifications are being carried out to the engines’
      • ‘Engine modifications have been carried out to prevent similar accidents.’
      • ‘The machinery at the plant needs just a few modifications to process passion fruit.’
      • ‘It goes without saying that certain modifications will have to be made to the shape to make it more practical.’
      • ‘So I'm quite comfortable writing for those audiences, with slight modifications.’
      • ‘At least then it would be possible to get some feedback from the people who are to use it, allowing for any modifications.’
      • ‘The many modifications and innovations required had to be developed and refined through experience.’
      • ‘Well, we have seen a few changes, a few modifications, and a few updates, since that time.’
      • ‘He said this would likely lead to a lengthy closure and possibly design modifications.’
      • ‘It can be used immediately in any diesel vehicle with no modifications or impact on warranties.’
      • ‘He stressed that the scheme was a trial, and modifications could be made.’
      • ‘This system is based on the one I have at work, with the modifications that I wanted.’
      • ‘The Contractor shall make such adjustments and modifications which he proposes to make.’
      • ‘But it also said the family's boat had modifications on its hull that reduced its buoyancy.’
      • ‘There are also modifications for people doing the workout surreptitiously at their desks.’
      • ‘The renovation is extensive involving a new floor and modifications to the roof.’
      • ‘Whether this exercise will now lead to modifications or legal changes is most unlikely.’
      • ‘Many had spent thousands of pounds on their vehicles, and showed officers their modifications.’
      • ‘Under the changes, a fee will also be charged for modifications to properties where covenants still apply.’
      • ‘The prototype proved successful and further modifications were made to improve it.’
      • ‘The modifications being tried out will fetch millions of pounds more.’

Origin

Late 15th century (in Scots law, denoting the assessment of a payment): from French, or from Latin modificatio(n-), from modificare (see modify).

Pronunciation:

modification

/ˌmɒdɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/