modernization UK US (UK also modernisation) /ˌmɒdənaɪˈzeɪʃən/ US  /ˌmɒdərnəˈzeɪʃən/ noun [U]
the process of starting to use the most recent methods, ideas, equipment, etc. so that something becomes or seems more modern: »

The modernization of the 100-year-old sewage and water systems will cost millions of pounds.


The property is basically sound, but in need of modernization.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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