Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make modern in appearance, style, or character; update.
  • intransitive v. To accept or adopt modern ways, ideas, or style.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bring something up to date, or make it modern in style or function
  • v. To become modern in appearance, or adopt modern ways

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render modern; to adapt to modern person or things; to cause to conform to recent or present usage or taste.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give a modern character or appearance to; adapt to modern persons, times, or uses; cause to conform to modern ideas or style: as, to modernize the language of an old writer. Also spelled modernise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to
  • v. become technologically advanced

Etymologies

From modern +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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