Definition of modification in English:



  • 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.’
      alteration, adjustment, change, adaptation, improvement, refinement, revision, recasting, reshaping, refashioning, restyling, revamping, reworking, remodelling, remoulding, reconstruction, reorganization
      revision, refinement, variation, improvement, amendment, adaptation, adjustment, change, alteration
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Late 15th century (in Scots law, denoting the assessment of a payment): from French, or from Latin modificatio(n-), from modificare (see modify).