[ si-vil-yuh-nahyz ]
/ sɪˈvɪl yəˌnaɪz /

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.
Also especially British, ci·vil·ian·ise.

Origin of civilianize

First recorded in 1865–70; civilian + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM civilianize

ci·vil·ian·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for civilianization



/ (sɪˈvɪljəˌnaɪz) /


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