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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Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal’s modernization is a little more than a third of the way done, the port said. Phillip Molnar,, "Port of San Diego lands large liner contract," 9 July 2018 More important, there is no indication that Beijing is preparing to compromise on the policies, such as financial support for local players and assistance in buying overseas competitors, that undergird the modernization plan. New York Times, "As Trade Fight Looms, China Turns Censors on Its Own Policies," 26 June 2018 Such modernization is even more unlikely if the Russian president further isolates Russia from the West. Trudy Rubin,, "How a Russian meme shed lights on what to expect from Putin's fourth term | Trudy Rubin," 4 May 2018 Same as for President Barack Obama, the personal gain for Trump would be legacy, a historic score on peaceful change and modernization of a former Soviet satellite, in danger of returning to being one again. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "President Trump should engage Cuba’s new president, not leave policy to Marco Rubio | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 Another application of software modernization can enable fast upgrades to an F-35’s Mission Data Files. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "F-35 to 2070? Air Force says 'software' will decide who wins future wars," 7 June 2018 That project, which offers a taste of what’s to come in the upcoming modernization of the CTA’s Red and Purple lines, suggests that good things are in store for the now-decrepit elevated station at Lawrence Avenue, a short walk from the Uptown. Blair Kamin,, "It's great that the Uptown Theatre has a future. What kind of future will it be?," 29 June 2018 Known as the father of Malaysia’s modernization, as well as an autocrat who kept a tight hold over power, the 92-year-old previously governed the country from 1981-2003, overseeing a period of rapid industrialization and infrastructure building. Time, "Malaysia’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister Returns to Power Promising a Tide of Change," 11 May 2018 The kitchen was part of the modernization made in the early years of this century, and was designed so that the whole family could cook together. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 22 Pasture Lane, West Simsbury," 18 May 2017

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1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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