modernization

noun
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

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This modernization of the Toxic Substances Control Act would require companies to provide health and environmental information to prove substances are safe before they could be sold or remain on the market. Rachael Moeller Gorman, Good Housekeeping, "Is Your Tap Water Safe?," 15 Aug. 2012 The event, the Future Investment Initiative, once again served as a forum for promoting Saudi investment and Prince Mohammed’s modernization plans. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "‘Everybody Is Talking About’ Khashoggi at Saudi Conference," 23 Oct. 2018 Most attention regarding China's recent military modernization and buildup has concentrated on air and naval forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Parades Its Newest Tanks and Armored Vehicles," 8 Nov. 2016 Another Xinhua report suggests that the regime is in no hurry to give up that old-time anti-religion: China’s reform has inspired the world: developing countries can walk a new path to modernization that is different from the West. James Freeman, WSJ, "Human Extinction: Hot Again," 18 Dec. 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, "Marines will fly Osprey until 2060, prepping the aircraft for future wars," 18 Sep. 2018 Overnight in downtown at Kimpton Nine Zero, which unveiled an impressive top-to-bottom modernization in mid-May 2018. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Places to Go for Father's Day," 8 June 2018 But Trappist communities may be particularly vulnerable, since their traditions are more isolating and, in many ways, more resistant to modernization. Stephen Hiltner, New York Times, "The World Is Changing. This Trappist Abbey Isn’t. Can It Last?," 17 Mar. 2018 One of Russia’s largest terminals in Novorossiysk is completing a three-year modernization this year that will nearly double its capacity. James Marson, WSJ, "Struggling U.S. Farmers Worry About a Resurgent Russia," 23 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of modernization

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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