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civilize

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verb civ·i·lize \ˈsi-və-ˌlīz\

Simple Definition of civilize

  • : to teach (a person or group of people) to behave in a way that you think is more polite and gentle

  • : to make (something) more gentle, fair, reasonable, etc.

  • : to cause (a group of people) to have a more highly organized and modern way of living

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of civilize

civilized

civilizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to develop out of a primitive state; especially :  to bring to a technically advanced and rationally ordered stage of cultural development

  3. 2 a :  educate, refine b :  socialize 1

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to acquire the customs and amenities of a civil community

civilizer

noun

Examples of civilize in a sentence

  1. Her parents hoped that boarding school might civilize her some.

  2. a teacher who had a civilizing influence on the students

  3. He is credited with civilizing the treatment of people with mental illnesses.

  4. efforts to civilize the health-care system

  5. They believed it was their duty to civilize the native people.



1601

First Known Use of civilize

1601

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CIVILIZE Defined for Kids

civilize

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verb civ·i·lize \ˈsi-və-ˌlīz\

Definition of civilize for Students

civilized

civilizing

  1. :  to cause to have a more advanced or modern way of living




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