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modernize

[mod-er-nahyz]
verb (used with object), mod·ern·ized, mod·ern·iz·ing.
  1. to make modern; give a new or modern character or appearance to: to modernize one's ideas; to modernize a kitchen.
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verb (used without object), mod·ern·ized, mod·ern·iz·ing.
  1. to become modern; adopt modern ways, views, etc.
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Also especially British, mod·ern·ise.

Origin of modernize

First recorded in 1740–50; modern(ism) + -ize
Related formsmod·ern·i·za·tion, nounmod·ern·iz·er, nounan·ti·mod·ern·i·za·tion, adjectiveo·ver·mod·ern·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·mod·ern·ize, verb, o·ver·mod·ern·ized, o·ver·mod·ern·iz·ing.re·mod·ern·i·za·tion, nounre·mod·ern·ize, verb, re·mod·ern·ized, re·mod·ern·iz·ing.un·mod·ern·ized, adjective

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Examples from the Web for modernise

Historical Examples

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for modernise

modernize

modernise

verb
  1. (tr) to make modern in appearance or styleto modernize a room
  2. (intr) to adopt modern ways, ideas, etc
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Derived Formsmodernization or modernisation, nounmodernizer or moderniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for modernise

modernize

v.

1748, from modern + -ize, or from French moderniser. Related: Modernized; modernizing; modernizer.

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