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Dictionary Definition

modification

Noun

1 the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment) [syn: alteration, adjustment]
2 slightly modified copy; not an exact copy; "a modification of last year's model"
3 the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase [syn: qualifying, limiting]
4 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" [syn: change, alteration]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. the act or result of modifying or the condition of being modified
  2. an alteration or adjustment to something
  3. a change to an organism as a result of its environment that is not transmissable to offspring
  4. a change to a word when it is borrowed by another language
  5. the change undergone by a word when used in a construction (for instance am => 'm in I'm)

Translations

the act or result of modifying or the condition of being modified
an alteration or adjustment to something
a change to an organism as a result of its environment
a change to a word when it is borrowed by another language
the change undergone by a word when used in a construction

Extensive Definition

Modification may refer to:

See also

modification in German: Modifikation
modification in Low German: Modifikatschoon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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