modernize

[mod-er-nahyz]
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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.
verb (used without object), mod·ern·ized, mod·ern·iz·ing.
  1. 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
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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modernize

modernise

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

1770, from modernize + -ation.

modernize

v.

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

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