Definition of civilize
Examples of civilize in a sentence
Her parents hoped that boarding school might civilize her some.
a teacher who had a civilizing influence on the students
He is credited with civilizing the treatment of people with mental illnesses.
efforts to civilize the health-care system
They believed it was their duty to civilize the native people.
First Known Use of civilize
CIVILIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of civilize for English Language Learners
: 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
CIVILIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of civilize for Students
: to cause to have a more advanced or modern way of living
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