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v. mo·dern·ized, mo·dern·iz·ing, mo·dern·iz·es
To make modern in appearance, style, or character; update.
To accept or adopt modern ways, ideas, or style.

mod′ern·i·za′tion (-ər-nĭ-zā′shən) n.
mod′ern·iz′er n.
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The delegation was flown to Salalah to meet Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, the modernizer of Oman.
This open-door policy provided Cixi with the economic benefit of income from customs revenues and an open mindset to assume her role as China's modernizer and reformer during her reign.
(KDA) has arranged a 12,400-square-foot, long-term lease for the School Construction Authority (SCA), a builder and modernizer of public schools throughout New York, at 132-10 Jamaica Avenue in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, NY.
(41) Modernizer politicians embraced the notion of dividing the market, but others, including Alfred Smees and traditionalist stallholders, feared the market would lose it atmosphere and historical character if moved from its original location.
Parrott demonstrates that Cardinal Richelieu, instead of being an innovative modernizer of France's military system who embraced new ideas, made the bureaucracy more efficient, and concentrated power in his own hands, in fact failed to initiate effective reforms in military administration, and owed what limited success he had in expanding and strengthening the French army to improvised expedients and the cultivation of the great nobles and existing clientage networks.
A successful military commander and modernizer, Li also helped develop arsenals, shipyards, and steamship transport -- all while playing a key role in diplomacy.
The point of all this, writes Luebke, is that the Democrats' modernizer philosophy is precisely why they lose.
The Pew survey's questions on fundamentalism extended to fears about the struggle between "fundamentalists" and "modernizers." Fifty-eight percent of the Lebanese polled believed the forces are in active opposition in Lebanon - the exact same percentage as in 2007.
She describes the motivations that power the drive to widen participation, including modernizers seeking increased participation for economic reasons and progressives seeking social and personal benefits for participants, accessing non-traditional students, identifying potential barriers, assessing the influence of the labor market and socio-cultural factors, and continuing the process of individualization.
Gilman also tends to discount some of the very real diversity that existed among the "modernizers." In a sense, he takes their theories too seriously--there was never a complete consensus on theory or concepts, as he demonstrates--and he undervalues some of the excellent empirical work that grew out of the study of "developing areas." Just to take one example, a scholar like MIT's Myron Weiner was never dogmatic about theory; was deeply interested in empirical research on India; but also made a major effort to do comparative work on the role of ethnicity, religion, and migration in other regions, particularly the Balkans.