[ 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR civilize
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Also especially British, civ·i·lise .
OTHER WORDS FROM civilize
civ·i·liz·a·ble, adjectiveciv·i·liz·a·to·ry [siv-uh-lahy-zuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˌsɪv əˈlaɪ zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveciv·i·liz·er, nounde·civ·i·lize, verb (used with object), de·civ·i·lized, de·civ·i·liz·ing.
non·civ·i·liz·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·civ·i·lize, verb, o·ver·civ·i·lized, o·ver·civ·i·liz·ing.un·civ·i·liz·a·ble, adjectiveun·civ·i·lize, verb (used with object), un·civ·i·lized, un·civ·i·liz·ing.
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How to use civilize in a sentence
Dos conservative is in denial of the evidence by comparison with other civilised, developed countries.Accomplices to Murder|Harold Evans|April 5, 2009|DAILY BEAST
One week known merely to a few friends as a clever young engineer, the next his name was on the lips of the civilised world.Uncanny Tales|Various
The proximity of Asia and the remoteness from civilised centres were scarcely perceptible.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
But this is not a humane and civilised nation, and never will be while it accepts Christianity as its religion.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
It was, indeed, not in the character of tenant that the Czar was likely to gain the good word of civilised men.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
The Puritan Mission has civilised him and hundreds on hundreds more, and I wish the parsons had done just half as much.The Chequers|James Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for civilize
/ (ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz) /
to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
to refine, educate, or enlighten
Derived forms of civilizecivilizable or civilisable, adjectivecivilizer or civiliser, noun
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