verb (used with object), civ·i·lized, civ·i·liz·ing.
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Putin preys on the fact that the West thinks money and sport are neutral, or at least civilizing influences.
We will not make our society more civilized by detaching one of our central institutions from its civilizing task.Obama’s Gay-Marriage Endorsement: Five Great Opinion Reads|Caitlin Dickson|May 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As agents of Nazi empire-building, these women were assigned the constructive work of the German “civilizing” process.
It is there that our civilizing commenced, and I am particularly fond of hearing the call.Diana of the Crossways, Complete|George Meredith
Only they go now as a civilizing as well as a devastating influence.
We talk of civilizing the Indian, but that is not the name for his improvement.The Night-Born|Jack London
For this backward race missionaries of all denominations have done a vast amount of educating and civilizing work.A Civil Servant in Burma|Herbert Thirkel White
The whole continent is parcelled out among different nations, who have assumed the task of civilizing their respective spheres.Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.)|C. H. Thomas