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See also: modificâtion
Borrowed from Middle French modification, from Latin modificātiō (“a measuring”), from modificāre (“to limit, control, modify”); see modify.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌmɑdɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌmɒdɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
- Hyphenation: mod‧i‧fi‧ca‧tion
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- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
modification (countable and uncountable, plural modifications)
- (obsolete, philosophy) The form of existence belonging to a particular object, entity etc.; a mode of being. [17th–19th c.]
- 1791 (date written), Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects, 1st American edition, Boston, Mass.: […] Peter Edes for Thomas and Andrews, […], published 1792, →OCLC:
- Pleasure is the business of woman's life, according to the present modification of society […]
- (linguistics) the change undergone by a word when used in a construction (for instance am => 'm in I'm) [from 17th c.]
- The result of modifying something; a new or changed form. [from 17th c.]
- The act of making a change to something while keeping its essential character intact; an alteration or adjustment. [from 18th c.]
- behavior modification officer
- Jim's modification to the radio's tuning resulted in clearer sound.
- (biology) A change to an organism as a result of its environment that is not transmissable to offspring. [from 19th c.]
- Due to his sunbathing, Jim's body experienced modifications: he got a tan.
- (linguistics) a change to a word when it is borrowed by another language
- The Chinese word "kòu tóu" had a modification made to become the English "kowtow".
act or result of modifying or condition of being modified
alteration or adjustment
change to an organism
change to a word
the change undergone by a word when used in a construction
- “modification”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “modification”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
From Latin modificātiōnem.
modification f (plural modifications)
- Synonyms: altération, transformation
- “modification”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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