Definition of modernize in English:



  • Adapt (something) to modern needs or habits, typically by installing modern equipment or adopting modern ideas or methods.

    ‘a five-year plan to modernize Algerian agriculture’
    • ‘Will they choose to further modernize this industrialized country by reforming laws and social norms unfair to women?’
    • ‘We have significantly modernised our skills and our equipment to meet the demands of today's society and of a more expectant public.’
    • ‘It is estimated that 20,000 jobs will be lost as part of the efforts to modernise the forces.’
    • ‘It also announced the intention to modernise the management of common land by updating existing legislation.’
    • ‘These measures had a profound impact on some sectors which modernized their production methods to meet the war's limitless demand for arms and munitions.’
    • ‘Would-be buyers will have to be prepared to modernise certain rooms and update the decor.’
    • ‘After the rift was mended, as a mark of reconciliation it was decided to revive and modernize the festival.’
    • ‘China is in the process of extensively modernizing its military - both its equipment and its thinking.’
    • ‘The plan is to modernize the buildings and revamp the curriculum.’
    • ‘We don't know for sure what caused this problem, but updating and modernizing the national grid is important.’
    • ‘He set his mind on modernising the estate and developing its tourist potential.’
    • ‘The refurbishment has increased the size of the library, modernised its facilities and improved access.’
    • ‘The funding has mostly gone towards improving pitches, modernising clubhouses and installing floodlights.’
    • ‘Are they wishfully trying to modernize the religion into something it isn't?’
    • ‘The bill updates and modernises the language of a range of oaths set out in statute, as well as one declaration, and the words of affirmation that may be used instead of an oath.’
    • ‘In his mind, he's modernizing the paper, making it not only leaner, but also more responsive to a shifting and restive readership.’
    • ‘You've got to modernize the system in order to be a part of the system.’
    • ‘So I think we in Congress can help these less wealthy areas of the country update and modernize their technology.’
    • ‘It is time to modernize our society to match the rest of the free world.’
    • ‘He said the existing store and future developments would attempt to modernise the department store concept.’
    get up to date, move with the times, innovate, make alterations, make changes
    update, bring up to date, bring into the twenty-first century, drag into the twenty-first century, lead into the twenty-first century, march into the twenty-first century, streamline, rationalize, overhaul, develop
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