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 In an interview with The Associated Press, Viengsay Valdés, 43, said Alonso’s insistence on classical technique and repertory served the company well for decades, but modernization is imperative. Washington Post, "AP Interview: New Cuban ballet head pledges renovation," 13 Dec. 2019 However, as the title of his book indicates, the Raetian system did not survive its inevitable encounter with the forces of modernization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "A Rebirth of Communal Liberty?," 26 Dec. 2019 Russia has accomplished two things of real importance in the past decade (or so) of military modernization. Time, "Trump’s Actions in Ukraine Were Dangerous for the U.S.," 20 Nov. 2019 There have been moments of modernization with new coordinator Brad Salem’s offense, but there also have been significant setbacks and inability to move and score in big games. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Why Mark Dantonio will always be the man who slayed Michigan: 'It will never be over'," 15 Nov. 2019 Turkey and Malaysia are majority Muslim countries, giving the lie to Western chauvinism, which holds that some cultures are incapable of modernization. Noah Smith, Twin Cities, "Noah Smith: Globalization is narrowing the wealth gap, one nation at a time," 29 Sep. 2019 For Snyder these are the true inspirations for Putin’s aggressive politics, and Ilyich and Surkov are the masterminds behind the global backlash against complacent liberal visions of modernization. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 Most are bystanders to India’s story of modernization: its tech booms, its growing middle class. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Millions of indigenous people face eviction from their forest homes," 15 May 2019 Hermiston City Councilman John Kirwan agrees that the program is probably due for modernization. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "Oregon law puts small towns in a bind when big tech demands huge tax breaks," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of modernization

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2020

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“Modernization.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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