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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Recent Examples on the Web Experience since the early 2010s shows that the GOP will resist any infrastructure legislation with provisions for dealing with climate change, which includes grid modernization. Scott L. Montgomery, The Conversation, "Biden’s ambitious energy plan faces headwinds, but can move the US forward," 23 Nov. 2020 Continuing resolutions in Congress hamper Defense Department modernization, and 3% pay raises to service members, while deserved, mean fewer resources to increase the force size. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "More troops and stable spending needed to avoid future defeat in war, Heritage military report card finds," 17 Nov. 2020 The executive order, signed Thursday, bars American companies and individuals from investing in 31 companies identified by the U.S. as aiding the modernization of the People’s Liberation Army as well as China’s intelligence and security services. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Beijing Attacks America’s New Investment Blacklist," 13 Nov. 2020 The modernization of transit may now shift into a higher gear. NBC News, "From Wall Street to weed, corporate America prepares for life in purple," 7 Nov. 2020 Also, voters living within L.A. Unified boundaries overwhelmingly passed Measure RR, which will provide $7 billion for campus repairs, modernization and technology. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Split results in two L.A. school board races suggest a pro-charter school tilt," 4 Nov. 2020 The nuclear modernization program was launched by the Obama administration and has been continued by President Donald Trump. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, "Pentagon estimates cost of new nuclear missiles at $95.8B," 19 Oct. 2020 In May, Rackspace landed the largest contract in its history in a deal to support the Texas Department of Information Resources’ information technology modernization program, according to CEO Kevin Jones. Brandon Lingle,, "Rackspace reports $33M loss, revenue gain in first quarterly report since going public again," 31 Aug. 2020 Moscow began a sweeping modernization program in the early 2000s to keep up with American advances and compensate for weakness in its conventional forces. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, "The New Nuclear Threat," 22 July 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 3 Dec. 2020.

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