modification

noun
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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Beginner modification: Break this compound movement into two separate exercises, suggests Jenkins. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019 The home has a zero-step entry, but needed a few more modifications, especially in the master and guest bathrooms. Brenda Richardson, The Seattle Times, "Design for living: Modifications can remove the obstacles to aging in place," 3 Sep. 2018 In no event shall Newsweek’s or its parent company IBT Media’s total liability to you in connection with such modification, suspension, or discontinuation exceed the total amount prepaid by you for subscription content not provided. Newsweek, "Terms of Service," 14 Mar. 2018 As genome engineering technologies become more powerful and ubiquitous, the tools necessary for making these modifications will become increasingly accessible. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 With it, any baker can dabble with a recipe to make modifications that benefit pie lovers everywhere. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Why IBM Paid $34 Billion for a Company That Gives Away Software for Free," 29 Oct. 2018 Since then, Musk has purchased a boring machine to tunnel under the Los Angeles neighborhood with the hope of making modifications to the machinery that will allow tunnels to be dug more quickly. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk tweets a date for the opening of his first Los Angeles tunnel," 22 Oct. 2018 Surveys, focus groups and one-on-one discussions with key employees can help companies make meaningful modifications to impact the largest amount or targeted priority employees. Rachel Everaard, Houston Chronicle, "Managing millennials in the oil and gas industry," 2 May 2018 Lifestyle modifications like eating more fiber-rich foods, exercising regularly, and drinking enough water should be your first move, as SELF previously reported. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Need To Know About Using Laxatives For Weight Loss," 2 Jan. 2019

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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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modification

noun

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)

modification

noun
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

modification

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

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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