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Meaning of CIVILIZE

Pronunciation:  'sivu`lI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  raise from a barbaric to a civilized state; "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"
  2. [v]  train to be discriminative; as of taste or judgment; "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry"

CIVILIZE is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: civilise, civilise, cultivate, educate, school, train
 See Also: alter, change, down, fine-tune, polish, refine, sophisticate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Civ"i*lize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Civilized}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Civilizing}.] [Cf. F. civilizer, fr.L. civilis civil.
See {Civil}.]
1. To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules
   and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine.

         Yet blest that fate which did his arms dispose Her
         land to civilize, as to subdue.       --Dryden

2. To admit as suitable to a civilized state. [Obs. or R.]
   ``Civilizing adultery.'' --Milton.

Syn: To polish; refine; humanize.

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