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.

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. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
modernize or modernise (ˈmɒdəˌnaɪz)
1.  (tr) to make modern in appearance or style: to modernize a room
2.  (intr) to adopt modern ways, ideas, etc
modernise or modernise
moderni'zation or modernise
moderni'sation or modernise
'modernizer or modernise
'moderniser or modernise

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Word Origin & History

1748, from modern + -ize.
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Example sentences
Most of the rest of the printing business has been tougher to modernize.
She is beginning to give pension to agriculture workers, modernize medical
  services, and upgrade education.
And it has struggled to buy refined petroleum and the goods it needs to
  modernize its oil and gas sector.
In a push to modernize its culture and media industries, the government
  recently gave publishers more autonomy.
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