verb (used with object), ci·vil·ian·ized, ci·vil·ian·iz·ing.

to assign to civilians or place under civilian direction or control: a decision to civilianize the teaching of history at the naval academy.
to make less military in form or character: He charged that the union movement is civilianizing the army.

Nearby words

  1. civil year,
  2. civilian,
  3. civilian clothes,
  4. civilian conservation corps,
  5. civilian review board,
  6. civilisation,
  7. civility,
  8. civilization,
  9. civilize,
  10. civilized

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for civilianization




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