Definition of modification noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌmɒdɪfɪˈkeɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɑːdɪfɪˈkeɪʃn//
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[uncountable, countable] modification (of/to/in something) the act or process of changing something in order to improve it or make it more acceptable; a change that is made synonym adaptation Considerable modification of the existing system is needed. It might be necessary to make a few slight modifications to the design. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in Scots law, denoting the assessment of a payment): from French, or from Latin modificatio(n-), from modificare, from modus ‘measure’, from an Indo-European root shared by mete.Extra examples A modification in the law has not led to an increase in prosecutions. The design requires considerable modification. The original plan had undergone fairly extensive modifications. These bikes are designed for racing and cannot be used on the road without modification. We need to make a few modifications to the proposals. a modification in smoking behaviour among older men people opposed to the genetic modification of plants
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