Definition of modification in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmädəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/


1The action of modifying something: the parts supplied should fit with little or no modification
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  • Thus supporters of globalization are keen to temper its most unpopular effects by modification of neoliberal policies.
  • But genetic modification does not stop at plants; it could include animals as well.
  • It is not likely to encourage modification of the proposals.
softening, moderation, tempering, qualification
1.1A change made: there will be a number of modifications to the engines
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  • Engine modifications have been carried out to prevent similar accidents.
  • Well, we have seen a few changes, a few modifications, and a few updates, since that time.
  • The prototype proved successful and further modifications were made to improve it.
alteration, adjustment, change, adaptation, refinement, revision
revision, refinement, improvement, amendment, adaptation, adjustment, change, alteration


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

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Syllabification: mod·i·fi·ca·tion

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