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mod·ern·ize / ˈmädərˌnīz/ • v. [tr.] adapt (something) to modern needs or habits, typically by installing modern equipment or adopting modern ideas or methods: a five-year plan to modernize Algerian agriculture. DERIVATIVES: mod·ern·i·za·tion / ˌmädərnəˈzāshən/ n. mod·ern·iz·er n.