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[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.
Also, especially British, modernise.
Origin
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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British Dictionary definitions for re modernize

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 re modernize

modernize

v.

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

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