Pronunciation: (mod'ur-nīz"), [key]
—v., -ized, -iz•ing.
to make modern; give a new or modern character or appearance to: to modernize one's ideas; to modernize a kitchen.
to become modern; adopt modern ways, views, etc. Also, esp. Brit.,mod'ern•ise".
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