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modernize

verb [I or T] uk ( UK usually modernise)   /ˈmɒd.ən.aɪz/ us    /ˈmɑː.dɚ.naɪz/
to make something more modern: Much of the house has been modernized. There has been a lot of opposition to modernizing working practices. If they want to increase output from the factory, they'll have to modernize.
modernization
noun [U] uk ( UK usually modernisation)   /ˌmɒd.ən.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˈmɑː.dɚ.naɪ-/
The modernization of the 100-year-old sewage and water systems will cost millions of pounds.
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