con·​tem·​po·​rize | \ kən-ˈtem-pə-ˌrīz How to pronounce contemporize (audio) \
contemporized; contemporizing

Definition of contemporize

transitive verb

: to make contemporary contemporize a magazine with the latest fashions

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Synonyms for contemporize


modernize, streamline, update

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Examples of contemporize in a Sentence

the new owners of the old-line French restaurant plan to contemporize the menu and make the place seem less intimidating

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Various new pieces were purchased with proceeds from last year’s auction of seven works by 20th-century artists, including Andy Warhol, to help diversify and contemporize its collection. USA TODAY, "Mowing quest, mayo man, soybean scare: News from around our 50 states," 17 June 2019 Selecting Gigi—a model with serious social media clout—as the face of the new campaign could be an attempt to inject some youthfulness into the storied brand, which, under Tisci’s direction, is working hard to contemporize its image. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Morphs Into a Cast of Characters for Burberry’s First Ever Monogram Campaign," 15 May 2019 William Tyler, Nashville guitarist, will bring the instrumentals while Brooklyn electronic producer, Fielded contemporizes them at Constellation on Thursday. 8:30 p.m. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Your complete Pitchfork pre-show and after-show guide," 13 July 2017 But though Edmond Rostand’s script has been sculpted and contemporized in places, the old-fashioned swagger mostly remains intact. Kerry Reid,, "'Cyrano' gets a witty update at BoHo without losing the fun swordplay," 12 Mar. 2018 Gash’s staging, which incorporates distractingly contemporizing projections between scenes, has a few weaknesses. Charles Mcnulty,, "'Gem of the Ocean' at South Coast Rep: August Wilson provides ritual healing in a devastating revival," 24 Oct. 2017 Whalen's ability to take classic American hits, then contemporize them, sometimes Asian-ize them, has kept his menu alive and kick-boxing. Debbi Snook,, "Rocco Whalen's Fahrenheit still hot, hot, hot in Cleveland's Tremont (photos, review)," 12 Oct. 2017 Even the series' silliest tropes deconstruct and contemporize the character. Matt Patches, Esquire, "Every Single James Bond Gadget Activated in One Supercut," 5 Nov. 2015 There were four or five quintessential Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian widow ensembles, and four or five more when ornate separates were contemporized by sportswear and T-shirts. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Sicilians Do It Better: Dolce & Gabbana Present Their Alta Moda in Palermo," 8 July 2017

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First Known Use of contemporize

1646, in the meaning defined above

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