mod·​ern·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌmä-dər-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce modernization (audio) \

Definition of modernization

1 : the act of modernizing : the state of being modernized
2 : something modernized : a modernized version

Examples of modernization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This pace compares with an average modernization of one type of warhead at a time during the Obama administration. R. Jeffrey Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Under Trump, America’s nuclear weapons industry has boomed," 23 Dec. 2020 As part of a broader modernization of the H-2A program, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act would provide a pathway to legal status for H-2A workers. Jonah Goldman Kay, The New Republic, "The Lethal Inequality on American Farms," 22 Dec. 2020 The board heard reports on the modernization project initial design for Valley Middle School; and an update on COVID-19 and instruction. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, Dec. 13," 13 Dec. 2020 Smith grudgingly still wants Congress to consider trimming nuclear modernization. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Top Democrat admits liberals can't curtail ICBM modernization," 8 Dec. 2020 Egypt is primarily concerned with Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a project to dam the Blue Nile River to generate electricity to fuel Ethiopia’s rapid modernization. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tigray crisis: Ethiopian stature and regional stability at risk," 25 Nov. 2020 But Naples seems to resist modernization, and this tension is captured in the ubiquity of old copper vessels (shown). Martha Cheng, WSJ, "Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend” Is Like a Trip to Naples. Only Better," 25 Sep. 2020 Trump at times has lamented the enormous cost of maintaining a big nuclear arsenal, but his defense budgets have supported nuclear modernization. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Air Force awards nuclear missile contract with Utah production ties," 9 Sep. 2020 Trump at times has lamented the enormous cost of maintaining a big nuclear arsenal, but his defense budgets have supported nuclear modernization. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, "Air Force awards $13.3 billion contract for nuclear missiles," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of modernization

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Modernization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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