[ kuhn-tem-puh-rahyz ]
/ kənˈtɛm pəˌraɪz /
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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.



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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



/ (kənˈtɛmpəˌraɪz) /


to be or make contemporary; synchronize
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