[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. modernism,
  2. modernist,
  3. modernistic,
  4. modernity,
  5. modernization,
  6. modernizer,
  7. modernly,
  8. modersohn-becker,
  9. modersohn-becker, paula,
  10. modest

Also especially British, mod·ern·ise.

Origin of modernize

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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for modernize

British Dictionary definitions for modernize



/ (ˈmɒdəˌnaɪz) /


(tr) to make modern in appearance or styleto modernize a room
(intr) to adopt modern ways, ideas, etc
Derived Formsmodernization or modernisation, nounmodernizer or moderniser, noun

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Word Origin and History for modernize



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

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