mod‧ern‧ize also modernise British English
to make something such as a system or building more modern:
They need more funds to modernize the country's telephone system.
a tastefully modernized old farmhouse
to start using more modern methods and equipment:
The business will lose money if it doesn't modernize.
—modernizer noun [countable]
the conflict between the modernizers and the conservatives
—modernization noun [uncountable and countable]
the modernization of the railway system