[ mod-er-nahyz ]
/ ˈmɒd ərˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), mod·ern·ized, mod·ern·iz·ing.

to make modern; give a new or modern character or appearance to: to modernize one's ideas; to modernize a kitchen.

verb (used without object), mod·ern·ized, mod·ern·iz·ing.

to become modern; adopt modern ways, views, etc.
Also especially British, mod·ern·ise.

Origin of modernize

First recorded in 1740–50; modern(ism) + -ize

SYNONYMS FOR modernize

OTHER WORDS FROM modernize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for modernise



/ (ˈmɒdəˌnaɪz) /


(tr) to make modern in appearance or styleto modernize a room
(intr) to adopt modern ways, ideas, etc

Derived forms of modernize

modernization or modernisation, nounmodernizer or moderniser, noun
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