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modernize

or (especially British) modernise

[mod-er-nahyz] /ˈmɒd ərˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), modernized, modernizing.
1.
to make modern; give a new or modern character or appearance to:
to modernize one's ideas; to modernize a kitchen.
verb (used without object), modernized, modernizing.
2.
to become modern; adopt modern ways, views, etc.
Origin of modernize
1740-1750
1740-50; modern(ism) + -ize
Related forms
modernization, noun
modernizer, noun
antimodernization, adjective
overmodernization, noun
overmodernize, verb, overmodernized, overmodernizing.
remodernization, noun
remodernize, verb, remodernized, remodernizing.
unmodernized, adjective
Synonyms
1. renovate, refurbish, update.
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Examples from the Web for modernise
Historical Examples
  • All attempts to modernise Chaucerian verse inevitably result in destroying something of the charm and melody of the original.

    Chaucer and His Times Grace E. Hadow
  • Hence his attempt to modernise Chaucer and improve on Shakespeare.

    Why we should read S. P. B. Mais
  • We modernise the somewhat difficult spelling, but retain the quaint language of the original.

    Irish Witchcraft and Demonology St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour
  • We have no right to condemn beforehand an attempt to modernise the Arthurian legends.

    Oxford Lectures on Poetry Andrew Cecil Bradley
  • Again, the later remanieurs of the earliest Chansons de Geste modernise the details of these poems.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • No attempt has been made to alter spellings, or to modernise punctuation or grammar.

  • We might modernise a little, so as to show the real sense, by saying 'Glevum city and Corinium city and Bath city.'

    Science in Arcady Grant Allen
  • Sultan Feysul had done much in the last few years, since our first visit, to modernise his palace.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • I still say so; and he who attempts to mend it, or modernise the form, says so too.

  • Despite all that has been done to modernise education, its spirit still remains essentially archaic.

    The Forerunners Romain Rolland
British Dictionary definitions for modernise

modernize

/ˈmɒdəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make modern in appearance or style: to modernize a room
2.
(intransitive) to adopt modern ways, ideas, etc
Derived Forms
modernization, modernisation, noun
modernizer, moderniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for modernise

modernize

v.

1748, from modern + -ize, or from French moderniser. Related: Modernized; modernizing; modernizer.

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