mod·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmä-də-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce modification (audio) \

Definition of modification

1 : the limiting of a statement : qualification with some modifications this statement is true today— J. B. Conant
3a : the making of a limited change in something making the exactly minimum degree of modification to her institutions necessary to fit them to new conditions— John Strachey also : the result of such a change
b : a change in an organism caused by environmental factors
4 : a limitation or qualification (see qualification sense 1) of the meaning of a word by another word, by an affix, or by internal change

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Examples of modification in a Sentence

The program can be used on all computers without modification. They passed the law with only a few minor modifications. The weather required some major modifications to our travel plans.
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The altered sectional alignments, which were approved at the IHSAA executive committee meeting on Friday, were made after a modification to the tournament success factor in late April. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Carmel going south in football and other major takeaways from new IHSAA alignment," 24 June 2019 But pleas to the DHS and Congress for modifications to the law and its implementation were unsuccessful. Washington Post, "Do you have questions about Real ID? We’ve got answers.," 15 June 2019 With Yanda’s return and some modifications to the offensive scheme, the Ravens could solve some of those problems. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Ravens' success rests on offensive line, return of healthy Marshal Yanda," 14 June 2019 And from the sounds of it, there weren't really any real modifications to their driving style either. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "One of my tweets set off a cross-country electric car record attempt," 30 May 2019 What, if any, modifications to the Consent Decrees would enhance competition and efficiency? Ed Christman, Billboard, "US Dept. of Justice Reviewing ASCAP & BMI Consent Decrees," 5 June 2019 In 2014, the lawsuit says, Leonard and Nike engaged in back-and-forth discussions about modifications to the logo design and ultimately settled on the current version. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kawhi sues Nike over rights to hand logo he claims he created," 5 June 2019 Every year designers present timely modifications to the most timeless styles brides continue to buy into. Glamour, "The 7 Best Wedding Dress Trends From 2019 You Can Shop Now," 19 Mar. 2019 The chain’s 40 percent growth in off-premises sales in the first quarter resulted from the modifications within the menu, online ordering and call center support, per the ACSI report. Dixita Limbachia, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain has diners clucking in new quality survey," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of modification

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of modification was in 1603

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English Language Learners Definition of modification

: the act or process of changing parts of something : the act or process of modifying something
: a change in something (such as a system or style)


mod·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmä-də-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce modification (audio) \

Kids Definition of modification

1 : the act or process of changing parts of something
2 : a slightly changed form


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Medical Definition of modification

1 : the act or result of modifying something
2 : a change in an organism that is not inherited and that is caused by the influence of its environment

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