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modernize Line breaks: mod¦ern|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒd(ə)nʌɪz/
(also modernise)

Definition of modernize in English:


[with object]
Adapt (something) to modern needs or habits, typically by installing modern equipment or adopting modern ideas or methods: he modernized the health service
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, bring/drag/lead/march into the twenty-first century, streamline, rationalize, overhaul, develop;
informal do over, tart up
get up to date, move with the times, innovate, make changes/alterations
informal get in the swim, drag oneself into the twenty-first century, get on the ball, get with it



Pronunciation: /mɒd(ə)nʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Many have also noted the update and modernisation of the shops and the variety of new services now available.
  • I'm not opposed to redevelopment or modernisation, but what I am opposed to is taking away more of our history.
  • Firstly, he claims there is no evidence to suggest that the home is incapable of further upgrading or modernisation.


Pronunciation: /ˈmɒd(ə)nʌɪzə/
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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