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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 modernised

Historical Examples

  • The Text is from the Percy Folio, but is given in modernised spelling.

    Ballads of Scottish Tradition and Romance


  • The text is that of the edition of 1641, in modernised spelling.

  • Spelling, punctuation, and grammar he corrected and modernised.

  • But the Austrians have modernised some of the rooms, and consequently spoilt them.

    The Greville Memoirs

    Charles C. F. Greville

  • The ancient fabric was repaired in some parts and modernised in others.

    Colloquies on Society

    Robert Southey

British Dictionary definitions for modernised



  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 modernised



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

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