modernize

verb
mod·​ern·​ize | \ ˈmä-dər-ˌnīz How to pronounce modernize (audio) \
modernized; modernizing

Definition of modernize

transitive verb

: to make modern (as in taste, style, or usage)

intransitive verb

: to adopt modern ways

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Other Words from modernize

modernizer noun

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Examples of modernize in a Sentence

We're modernizing our kitchen with a new oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher. The country recently announced plans to begin modernizing its army. The school needs a building with modernized classrooms. Older companies will need to modernize quickly if they are to survive in today's economy.
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Recent Examples on the Web Waiting so long to modernize creates serious operational concerns in Eastern Europe, where Russian air defenses have proliferated, and the Western Pacific where distances limit the utility of existing helicopters. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 11 June 2021 After the Russian Revolution, Soviet teachers sought to modernize their ballet technique; by contrast, de Valois’ company looked back to the textbook style of pre-revolutionary Russian ballet. BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2021 After the Russian Revolution, Soviet teachers sought to modernize their ballet technique; by contrast, Ms. de Valois’s company looked back to the textbook style of pre-revolutionary Russian ballet. New York Times, 10 June 2021 Cisco is deploying its expertise to help modernize HBCUs. Robert F. Smith, Quartz, 24 May 2021 The company has tried to modernize its image by ditching its annual Angels fashion show and hiring a wider range of models. Rory Satran, WSJ, 22 May 2021 President Linda Darling-Hammond said an underlying goal of the framework is simply to modernize math education. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 He was commissioned to modernize this abode—which was originally a carriage house, built in the 1800s—by the owners at the time, real estate lawyer Alexander Hirsch and his partner, Lewis Turner. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 20 May 2021 The American Legion Post 432 campground on Sand Lake, 2 miles west of Warba in Itasca County, recently upgraded its electric hookups to modernize its facility for RVs and campers. Star Tribune, 15 May 2021

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First Known Use of modernize

1716, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of modernize was in 1716

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“Modernize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modernize. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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modernize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of modernize

: to make (something) modern and more suited to present styles or needs
: to become modern : to begin using the newest information, methods, or technology

modernize

verb
mod·​ern·​ize | \ ˈmä-dər-ˌnīz How to pronounce modernize (audio) \
modernized; modernizing

Kids Definition of modernize

: to make or become new and different or suitable for the present time

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