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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Palace Station, the off-strip, under-the-radar hotel and casino, recently completed a $192 million modernization that gave the property an updated air and more contemporary amenities. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Everything you need to know about Las Vegas’ latest reinvention, from Eataly to Lady Gaga and the NoMad," 9 Sep. 2019 This comes as part of the company's modernization plans, which will eventually result in 6,000 hourly workers losing their jobs or being reassigned to other plants. NBC News, "Democratic debate transcript: July 30, 2019," 31 July 2019 But military modernization efforts have been slower along Russia’s border with the Baltic states. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "U.S., NATO Moves in Baltics Raise Russian Fears," 14 June 2019 Since surviving the 2009 General Motors bankruptcy, Buick, a luxury division of GM, has found some success from its modernization efforts. Greg Trotter,, "Buick LeSabre rolls on in memory of Mamaw," 21 June 2018 Doubters, however, point out that fraud cannot be eliminated so easily and that the primitive title recording system in the United States will thwart modernization efforts. New York Times, "A Blockchain Building in Bushwick," 25 May 2018 The white paper, the first such major defense policy document since Chinese President Xi Jinping began his second term in 2017, calls for greater modernization of the country's military, while emphasizing China's goal of peaceful development. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China's military warns against growing threat from Taiwan 'separatists'," 24 July 2019 For more on the I-75 modernization project, visit www. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "New lane closure on I-75 in Oakland County begins in August," 31 July 2019 The records room update is the third in a series of modernization projects the Westminster Police Department has taken on in recent years for efficiency and space-saving. Catalina Righter,, "Records room update latest in Westminster Police modernizations," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of modernization

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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