Definition of modernize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    modernize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdənaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdərnaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they modernize
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdənaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdərnaɪz//
     
    he / she / it modernizes
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdənaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdərnaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple modernized
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdənaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdərnaɪzd//
     
    past participle modernized
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdənaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdərnaɪzd//
     
    -ing form modernizing
    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdənaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdərnaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] modernize something to make a system, methods, etc. more modern and more suitable for use at the present time synonym update The company is investing $9 million to modernize its factories.
  2. 2[intransitive] to start using modern equipment, ideas, etc. Unfortunately we lack the resources to modernize.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: modernize