contemporize

[ kuh n-tem-puh-rahyz ]
/ kənˈtɛm pəˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), con·tem·po·rized, con·tem·po·riz·ing.

to place in or regard as belonging to the same age or time.
to give a modern or contemporary character or setting to; update: The new production of Romeo and Juliet contemporizes it as the love of two modern teenagers in a Chicago high school.

verb (used without object), con·tem·po·rized, con·tem·po·riz·ing.

to be contemporary.

Nearby words

  1. contemplative order,
  2. contempo,
  3. contemporaneous,
  4. contemporaneously,
  5. contemporary,
  6. contempt,
  7. contempt of congress,
  8. contempt of court,
  9. contemptible,
  10. contemptuous

Also especially British, con·tem·po·rise.

Origin of contemporize

1640–50; < Late Latin contempor- (stem of contemporāre to be at the same time), equivalent to con- con- + tempor- (stem of tempus time) + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for contemporize

contemporize

contemporise

/ (kənˈtɛmpəˌraɪz) /

verb

to be or make contemporary; synchronize
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