mod·​ern·​i·​za·​tion ˌmä-dər-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce modernization (audio)
: the act of modernizing : the state of being modernized
: something modernized : a modernized version

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That partly explains why air traffic control (ATC) system modernization is so challenging and why funding reform is so necessary. Laurie Garrow, Scientific American, 2 Mar. 2023 China’s People’s Liberation Army is undergoing significant modernization and growth, which is coinciding with increasingly aggressive maneuvers toward Taiwan. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 23 Feb. 2023 But few disagree that such changes would demand much more spending commitments from Chinese leaders, who also want to invest heavily in military modernization, technological advancement and internal security. Amy Chang Chien, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2023 The funding was for a variety of measures at the service including operations, customer service, system modernization, and enforcement. Amber Gray-fenner, Forbes, 10 Jan. 2023 Your parents and grandparents may have experienced modernization, new technologies, changes in parenting attitudes, and even political revolutions. Elizabeth Keating, The Atlantic, 15 Nov. 2022 Step one: the modernization of the Valle Chacabuco Lodge, now rebranded Explora Patagonia National Park, where visitors, researchers, and volunteers can hike or ride horses through the famed landscapes. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Sep. 2022 Given all this language, a modernization, even where carefully thought through, will bump against its original circumstances. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 25 Jan. 2022 The Washoe County School District, meanwhile, is in the midst of a five- to 10-year facilities modernization plan. Jackie Valley, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of modernization was in 1770

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Cite this Entry

“Modernization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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