Meaning of “modernize” in the English Dictionary

"modernize" in British English

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modernizeverb [ I or T ]

UK usually modernise uk /ˈmɒd.ən.aɪz/ us /ˈmɑː.dɚ.naɪz/
noun [ U ] UK usually modernisation uk /ˌmɒd.ən.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌmɑː.dɚ.nəˈzeɪ.ʃən/

The modernization of the 100-year-old sewage and water systems will cost millions of pounds.

(Definition of “modernize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"modernize" in American English

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modernizeverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈmɑd·ərˌnɑɪz/

to make or become more modern:

[ T ] We decided to modernize our kitchen and installed a new sink and dishwasher.
noun [ U ] us /ˌmɑd·ər·nəˈzeɪ·ʃən/

The plan calls for the expansion and modernization of the airport facilities.

(Definition of “modernize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"modernize" in Business English

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modernizeverb [ I or T ]

UK also modernise uk /ˈmɒdənaɪz/ us

to start using more recent methods, ideas, equipment, etc. so that something becomes or seems more modern:

There has been a lot of opposition to modernizing work practices.
If they want to increase output from the factory, they'll have to modernize.
noun [ C ]

He considers himself to be a modernizer who is not afraid to impose necessary changes on the company.

(Definition of “modernize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)