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.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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for modernise
Historical Examples of modernise
Hence his attempt to modernise Chaucer and improve on Shakespeare.
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
Derived Formsmodernization or modernisation, nounmodernizer or moderniser, noun
- (tr) to make modern in appearance or styleto modernize a room
- (intr) to adopt modern ways, ideas, etc
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Word Origin and History for modernise
1748, from modern + -ize, or from French moderniser. Related: Modernized; modernizing; modernizer.
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