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civilize

[ siv-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈsɪv əˌlaɪz /
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verb (used with object), civ·i·lized, civ·i·liz·ing.
to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.
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Also especially British, civ·i·lise .

Origin of civilize

1595–1605; <French civiliser;see civil, -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for civilize

civilize

civilise

/ (ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)
to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
to refine, educate, or enlighten

Derived forms of civilize

civilizable or civilisable, adjectivecivilizer or civiliser, noun
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