mod·​ern·​i·​za·​tion | \ˌmä-dər-nə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of modernization 

1 : the act of modernizing : the state of being modernized

2 : something modernized : a modernized version

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Already, Mattis’ advisers affirmed a modernization of the nuclear force trained primarily on Russia, elevated Cyber Command to the department’s 10th unified combatant command and crafted a cyber strategy. Dan Lamothe, The Seattle Times, "Mattis’ goals teeter as he works to temper Trump," 15 Oct. 2018 The trilateral text also incorporates most details from the U.S.-Mexico pact reached in August, and much of this is important modernization based on new economic realities. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A New Nafta Relief," 1 Oct. 2018 Appointed by President Barack Obama to join the commission under former Chairman Tom Wheeler, Pai voted against the program's modernization in 2016. Ryan Barwick, Ars Technica, "Millions could lose cheap phone service under FCC’s overhaul of Lifeline," 4 Sep. 2018 As part of this long-term Osprey modernization trajectory, the Marines are now integrating a Command and Control system called Digital Interoperability (DI). Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Marine Corps arms Osprey with rockets and missiles - adds assault missions," 6 July 2018 Both opinions should encourage further reform and modernization of administrative law. Adam J. White, WSJ, "Regulatory State Has a Bad Day in Court," 24 June 2018 Antmann’s black-and-white photos of Mayan healers show a way of life that may be on the way out, as their world is diminished by climate change and modernization. Susan Dunne,, "Travel-Themed Exhibit 'Wish You Were Here' In New Haven," 23 June 2018 The program office is also plotting the stealth warplane’s modernization using optimistic predictions. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Pentagon Doesn't Know How Much Anything Costs," 4 June 2018 The expansion includes construction of a nine-story patient tower and modernization of surgical services at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "The Justin Boots family has gone from stitching footwear to stitching wounds," 17 May 2018

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1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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