modernize

verb mod·ern·ize \ ˈmä-dər-ˌnīz \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of modernize

modernized; modernizing
transitive verb
: to make modern (as in taste, style, or usage)
intransitive verb
: to adopt modern ways

modernizer

noun

Examples of modernize in a Sentence

  1. We're modernizing our kitchen with a new oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

  2. The country recently announced plans to begin modernizing its army.

  3. The school needs a building with modernized classrooms.

  4. Older companies will need to modernize quickly if they are to survive in today's economy.

Recent Examples of modernize from the Web

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First Known Use of modernize

1716


MODERNIZE Defined for English Language Learners

modernize

verb

Definition of modernize for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

modernize

verb mod·ern·ize \ ˈmä-dər-ˌnīz \

Definition of modernize for Students

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


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