modernize - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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/ˈmɒdə(r)naɪz/
present tense
I/you/we/theymodernize
he/she/itmodernizes
present participlemodernizing
past tensemodernized
past participlemodernized
  1. if something modernizes, or if you modernize it, it becomes less old-fashioned as a result of new methods, equipment, or ideas

    They will continue to modernize the army.

    He argued that the Tory party had to modernize.

derived word

modernizer

noun [countable]
singularmodernizer
pluralmodernizers