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Definition of modern adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[only before noun] of the present time or recent times synonym contemporary the modern industrial world Modern European history modern Greek Stress is a major problem of modern life. Shakespeare's language can be a problem for modern readers.
  2. 2[only before noun] (of styles in art, music, fashion, etc.) new and intended to be different from traditional styles synonym contemporary modern art/architecture/drama/jazz
  3. 3(usually approving) using the latest technology, designs, materials, etc. synonym up to date a modern computer system modern methods of farming the most modern, well-equipped hospital in Seattle
  4. 4(of ways of behaving, thinking, etc.) new and not always accepted by most members of society She has very modern ideas about educating her children.
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