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[mod-er-nahyz] /ˈmɒd ərˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), modernized, modernizing.
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.
to become modern; adopt modern ways, views, etc.
Also, especially British, modernise.
Origin of modernize
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
1. renovate, refurbish, update. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for modernization
  • If politics were not a factor and modernization implemented, conclusively it would still be airworthy.
  • Our society today will be the first society to reverse modernization and de-industrialize western democracies.
  • The country was going through a modernization phase.
  • In large part, that modernization has led to the consideration of computerized voting.
  • There is also a huge element of people wanting to push forward with modernization.
  • Today, the art is fading away because of industrialization and modernization.
  • Access to air travel and increased motor vehicle availability led to increased travel, increased development, and modernization.
  • The name comes from a factory nearby that went out of business before the current wave of modernization.
  • For a time modernization suited hula little better than the missionaries had.
  • The first part of the modernization program brought cash registers at each clerk's station.
British Dictionary definitions for modernization


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

1770, from modernize + -ation.



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

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