[ kuhn-tem-puh-rahyz ]

verb (used with object),con·tem·po·rized, con·tem·po·riz·ing.
  1. to place in or regard as belonging to the same age or time.

  2. 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.
  1. to be contemporary.

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

Words Nearby contemporize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for contemporize



/ (kənˈtɛmpəˌraɪz) /

  1. to be or make contemporary; synchronize

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