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civilianize

[si-vil-yuh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), ci·vil·ian·ized, ci·vil·ian·iz·ing.
  1. to assign to civilians or place under civilian direction or control: a decision to civilianize the teaching of history at the naval academy.
  2. to make less military in form or character: He charged that the union movement is civilianizing the army.
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Also especially British, ci·vil·ian·ise.

Origin of civilianize

First recorded in 1865–70; civilian + -ize
Related formsci·vil·ian·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for civilianization

civilianize

civilianise

verb
  1. (tr) to change the status of (an armed force, a base, etc) from military to nonmilitary
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