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 modernization
Despite recent attempts at democracy and modernization, Sark is full of quirks befitting its history.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
As tourists pour in from around the world, the newly-formed democracy is trying to balance growth and modernization with heritage.Can Traditional Bhutan Survive Tourism?
August 17, 2014
Nearly half a mile down the mountain, the city of Medellín has its sights set on the future—on modernization, on redemption.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
The palace is a place where, for all the laudible efforts at modernization and innovation, convention is still king.Who Would Want To Be A Royal Princess? Not Cressida Bonas...
May 5, 2014
But to spell out what that change and modernization would involve, in racial terms?You’re in Denial if You Think Steve Israel Is Wrong About GOP Racism
April 14, 2014
As republicans, they were the Chinese vanguard of modernization.Government in Republican China
Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
Some of the parapets had to be 30 rebuilt for modernization.The Building of Castello de San Marcos
Albert C. Manucy
Hugo has selected the first and the best part of the Chanson for modernization.La Lgende des Sicles
Production of capabilities and skills required for modernization and industrialization considered to be a major goal.Area Handbook for Albania
Eugene K. Keefe
The Flemish gables and Spanish arcades, not a vestige of modernization marring the effect, make a unique picture.In the Heart of Vosges
- (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 modernization
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