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.
Recent Examples of civilize from the Web
This depiction of Ivanka and Melania as civilizing forces on Trump—a ridiculous assertion disproven over and again—is in part why so many women voted for a raving misogynist in the first place.
Mr. Ricoeur’s work, the newspaper Le Monde most recently pointed out, is shot through with apparent paradoxes, which in reality expressed a kind of civilizing wish to find a middle ground.
Rise bloody, maybe not too late For having first to civilize a space Wherein to play your violin with grace.
The island would magically civilize us into our best possible versions of ourselves.
Americans civilize quite prolifically: outhouses in Arizona’s Canyon DeChelly National Park; a wooden walkway weaving through Montana’s Glacier National Park.
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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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