Definition of modernize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmädərˌnīz/


[with object]
Adapt (something) to modern needs or habits, typically by installing modern equipment or adopting modern ideas or methods: a five-year plan to modernize Algerian agriculture
More example sentences
  • These measures had a profound impact on some sectors which modernized their production methods to meet the war's limitless demand for arms and munitions.
  • We don't know for sure what caused this problem, but updating and modernizing the national grid is important.
  • So I think we in Congress can help these less wealthy areas of the country update and modernize their technology.
update, bring up to date, streamline, overhaul;
renovate, remodel, refashion, revamp
get up to date, move with the times, innovate
informal get in the swim, get with it, go with the flow



Pronunciation: /ˈmädərˌnīzər/
Example sentences
  • Dean has been a modernizer and innovator, and should be embraced for it.
  • The idea that progress comes through conflict has been lost to the idea that progress comes through allowing modernisers to do exactly what they want.
  • He was always a moderniser, a reformist - and if he was alive today, he would have had me to listen to.

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Syllabification: mod·ern·ize

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