modernize

[mod-er-nahyz]
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.
Also, especially British, modernise.


Origin:
1740–50; modern(ism) + -ize

modernization, noun
modernizer, noun
antimodernization, adjective
overmodernization, noun
overmodernize, verb, overmodernized, overmodernizing.
remodernization, noun
remodernize, verb, remodernized, remodernizing.
unmodernized, adjective


1. renovate, refurbish, update.
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modernize or modernise (ˈmɒdəˌnaɪz)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to make modern in appearance or style: to modernize a room
2.  (intr) to adopt modern ways, ideas, etc
 
modernise or modernise
 
vb
 
moderni'zation or modernise
 
n
 
moderni'sation or modernise
 
n
 
'modernizer or modernise
 
n
 
'moderniser or modernise
 
n

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Word Origin & History

modernize
1748, from modern + -ize.

modernization
1770, from modernize + -ation.
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Example sentences
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.
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