What does modification mean?

Definitions for modification
ˌmɒd ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃənmod·i·fi·ca·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alteration, modification, adjustmentnoun

    the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

  2. modificationnoun

    slightly modified copy; not an exact copy

    "a modification of last year's model"

  3. modification, qualifying, limitingnoun

    the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase

  4. change, alteration, modificationnoun

    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

    "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"


  1. Modificationnoun

    (Gram.) The alteration of the meaning of a word or phrase by another word or phrase; -- usually a restriction of the scope of the word modified; as, in the phrase

  2. Modificationnoun

    Something which has been modified; a modified form or condition; state as modified; as, the various modifications of light; the latest modification of the operating system crashes less frequently.


  1. modificationnoun

    the act or result of modifying or the condition of being modified

  2. modificationnoun

    an alteration or adjustment to something

  3. modificationnoun

    a change to an organism as a result of its environment that is not transmissable to offspring

  4. modificationnoun

    a change to a word when it is borrowed by another language

  5. modificationnoun

    the change undergone by a word when used in a construction (for instance am => 'm in I'm)

  6. Etymology: From modification, from modificatio, from modificare; see modify.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Modificationnoun

    The act of modifying any thing, or giving it new accidental differences of form or mode.

    Etymology: modification, French.

    The chief of all signs is human voice, and the several modifications thereof by the organs of speech, viz. the letters of the alphabet, formed by the several motions of the mouth. William Holder, Elements of Speech.

    The phænomena of colours in refracted or reflected light, are not caused by new modifications of the light variously impressed, according to the various terminations of the light and shadow. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    If these powers of cogitation, volition and sensation, are neither inherent in matter as such, nor acquirable to matter by any motion and modification of it, it necessarily follows that they proceed from some cogitative substance, some incorporeal inhabitant within us, which we call spirit. Richard Bentley.


  1. modification

    Modification refers to the act or process of changing, altering, or adjusting something to improve it, correct it, or make it suitable for a particular purpose. This could apply to a wide range of items, from physical objects and structures, to abstract concepts like plans, policies, behaviors, or systems. It is often done to enhance functionality, efficiency, or effectiveness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Modificationnoun

    the act of modifying, or the state of being modified; a modified form or condition; state as modified; a change; as, the modification of an opinion, or of a machine; the various modifications of light

  2. Etymology: [L. modificatio a measuring: cf. F. modification. See Modify.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'modification' in Nouns Frequency: #1952

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of modification in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of modification in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of modification in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Warren:

    Since a mask is not part of the authorized uniform and not medically recommended at this time they may not be worn by uniformed Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman employees, in the event that guidance from federal and state health authorities should recommend a modification of this policy, it will be reevaluated at that time.

  2. Rich McKay:

    The progression of offense and how efficient offenses are, specifically in the postseason where in 12 overtime games, the coin-toss winning teams won 10 times and seven of those on the first drive, offenses progress a lot, so that’s why there’s a discussion of a rules modification.

  3. Lewis Hamilton:

    Please no! This is the worst looking mod (modification) in Formula One history, i appreciate the quest for safety but this is Formula One and the way it is now is perfectly fine.

  4. Ernesto Ambrosetti:

    Competitiveness will be restored over the medium- and long- term with the modification of the exchange rate.

  5. Tristan Smith:

    Our analysis suggests we will see a disruptive and rapid change to align to a new zero carbon system, with fossil fuel aligned assets becoming obsolete or needing significant modification.

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