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modern

adjective uk   /ˈmɒd.ən/  us   /ˈmɑː.dɚn/

modern adjective (MOST RECENT)

A2 designed and made using the most recent ideas and methods: modern technology/architecture/medicine/art We're in the very modern-looking building opposite the station.approving My grandpa's attitudes are very modern, considering his age.
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modern adjective (PRESENT)

B1 of the present or recent times, especially the period of history since around 1500: What do you think is the role of religion in the modern world?
Translations of “modern”
in Arabic حَديث, مُعاصِر…
in Korean 현대의, 근대의…
in Malaysian moden…
in French moderne…
in Turkish yeni, çağdaş, modern…
in Italian moderno…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最近的, 現代的, 新式的…
in Russian современный, новейший…
in Polish nowoczesny, współczesny…
in Vietnamese hiện đại…
in Spanish moderno…
in Portuguese moderno…
in Thai สมัยใหม่…
in German modern…
in Catalan modern…
in Japanese 現代的な, 近代的な, 現代の…
in Indonesian modern…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最近的, 现代的, 新式的…
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