modernize

verb
mod·ern·ize | \ˈmä-dər-ˌnīz \
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

Synonyms for modernize

Synonyms

contemporize, streamline, update

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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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Other cities are looking to modernize their fare collection systems, including San Francisco. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cubic lands $275 million Australian contract to let commuters pay transit fares with smartphones," 19 June 2018 As more casinos open along the East Coast, Live and Maryland’s other gambling establishments are upgrading their offerings, modernizing and adding on-site accommodations to maintain their stance in an increasingly competitive and crowded market. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Maryland’s largest casino’s latest play to win the top spot: More nongambling amenities," 16 June 2018 During his nearly 11 years at the helm of the state’s largest insurer, Burrell has rebuilt trust in the company, significantly modernized its operations and ushered it through adoption of the Affordable Care Act. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Retiring CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell discusses the future of health care and insurance," 15 June 2018 The agreement also included increased spending on social services and infrastructure and improved tax collection in an effort to modernize the economy of one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. Ezequiel Abiu Lopez And Evens Sanon, chicagotribune.com, "Haiti's prime minister resigns after plan to raise fuel prices sparked deadly protests," 14 July 2018 Medical innovation and strategic investment The quest to provide these societal necessities lies at the heart of Haifa's efforts to modernize, and is prompting the university to take a leading role facilitating change. Jeffrey Barken, Jewish Journal, "Haifa's on the rise with university leading the way," 11 July 2018 The agreement also included increased spending on social services and infrastructure and improved tax collection in an effort to modernize Haiti’s economy. Washington Post, "World digest: July 7, 2018," 7 July 2018 The agreement also included increased spending on social services and infrastructure and improved tax collection in an effort to modernize the economy of one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere. Fox News, "Violent protests erupt in Haiti as fuel prices spike," 6 July 2018 Apple isn’t the only smartphone maker attempting to modernize the 911 system. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "911, what’s your emergency? For dispatchers, it’s locating callers," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of modernize

1716, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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More Definitions for modernize

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 \
modernized; modernizing

Kids Definition of modernize

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

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