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English definition of “modern”

modern

adjective
 
 
/ˈmɒdən/
NOW B1 relating to the present time and not to the past: modern society the stresses of modern life Modern and fashionableFashionModern and fashionable
NEW A2 using the newest ideas, design, technology, etc and not traditional: modern art/architecture modern medicineModern and fashionableFashionModern and fashionable
modernity
 
 
/mɒdˈɜːnəti/ noun [U] formal
modern ideas, design, technology, etcModern and fashionableFashionModern and fashionable
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