Definition of modification in US English:

modification

noun

  • 1The action of modifying something.

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

/ˌmädəfəˈkāSH(ə)n//ˌmɑdəfəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/