Also especially British, mod·ern·ise.
Origin of modernize
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1. renovate, refurbish, update.
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Examples from the Web for modernise
Hence his attempt to modernise Chaucer and improve on Shakespeare.Why we should read
S. P. B. Mais
Why, if they were bent on modernising, did they not modernise the shields?
Here the late poets have their innings at last, and do modernise the Homeric house.
I still say so; and he who attempts to mend it, or modernise the form, says so too.
No attempt has been made to alter spellings, or to modernise punctuation or grammar.
- (tr) to make modern in appearance or styleto modernize a room
- (intr) to adopt modern ways, ideas, etc
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Word Origin and History for modernise
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