ci·​vil·​ian·​ize sə-ˈvil-yə-ˌnīz How to pronounce civilianize (audio)
civilianized; civilianizing

transitive verb

: to convert from military to civilian status or control
civilianization noun

Examples of civilianize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Norman, along with other city officials, has also pointed out that civilianizing other areas of the department may be trickier due to collective bargaining agreements. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 6 Mar. 2023 Police Chief Jeffrey Norman has long voiced general support for further civilianizing the department. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 6 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of civilianize was in 1866

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“Civilianize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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