also modernise BrE [ˈmɔdənaız US ˈma:dər-] v
1.) [T]
to make something such as a system or building more modern
They need more funds to modernize the country's telephone system.
a tastefully modernized old farmhouse
to start using more modern methods and equipment
The business will lose money if it doesn't modernize.
>modernizer[i] n
the conflict between the modernizers and the conservatives
>modernization [ˌmɔdənaıˈzeıʃən US ˌma:dərnə-] n [U and C]
the modernization of the railway system

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  • modernize — mod‧ern‧ize [ˈmɒdənaɪz ǁ ˈmɑːdər ] also modernise verb [intransitive, transitive] to make something such as a system or building more modern: • The factory has been completely modernized. * * * modernize UK US (UK also modernise) /ˈmɒdənaɪz/ verb …   Financial and business terms

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  • modernize — index meliorate, modify (alter), reconstruct, renew (refurbish), renovate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • modernize — (v.) 1748, from MODERN (Cf. modern) + IZE (Cf. ize), or from Fr. moderniser. Related: Modernized; modernizing; modernizer …   Etymology dictionary

  • modernize — (Amer.) mod·ern·ize || mÉ‘dÉ™rnaɪz / mÉ’dn v. make modern; improve; make new; become modern in thought or appearance (also modernise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • modernize — [v] bring up to date; remodel improve, refresh, regenerate, rejuvenate, remake, renew, renovate, restore, revamp, revive, update; concepts 168,177,202 Ant. antique, date, outmode, regress, wear …   New thesaurus

  • modernize — (also modernise) ► VERB ▪ adapt to the requirements of current times; make modern. DERIVATIVES modernization noun modernizer noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • modernize — UK [ˈmɒdə(r)naɪz] / US [ˈmɑdərˌnaɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms modernize : present tense I/you/we/they modernize he/she/it modernizes present participle modernizing past tense modernized past participle modernized if something… …   English dictionary

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