- Modernize is to update something to make it more current or more compatible with current technology and practices.
An example of modernize is when you take an old house and add indoor plumbing to it.
modernize definition by Webster's New World
transitive verb modernized, modernizing
to make modern; bring up to date in style, design, methods, etc.
Origin: French moderniser
to adopt modern ways; become modern
modernize definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb mo·dern·ized, mo·dern·iz·ing, mo·dern·iz·es verb, transitive
To make modern in appearance, style, or character; update.verb, intransitive
To accept or adopt modern ways, ideas, or style.
- modˌern·i·zaˈtion noun
- modˈern·izˌer noun