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civ·i·lize

 (sĭv′ə-līz′)
tr.v. civ·i·lized, civ·i·liz·ing, civ·i·liz·es
1. To raise from barbarism to an enlightened stage of development; bring out of a primitive or savage state.
2. To educate in matters of culture and refinement; make more polished or sophisticated.

civ′i·liz′a·ble adj.
civ′i·liz′er n.

civilize

(ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz) or

civilise

vb (tr)
1. to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
2. to refine, educate, or enlighten
ˈciviˌlizable, ˈciviˌlisable adj
ˈciviˌlizer, ˈciviˌliser n

civ•i•lize

(ˈsɪv əˌlaɪz)

v.t. -lized, -liz•ing.
to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.
[1595–1605; < French civiliser]
civ′i•liz`er, n.

civilize


Past participle: civilized
Gerund: civilizing

Imperative
civilize
civilize
Present
I civilize
you civilize
he/she/it civilizes
we civilize
you civilize
they civilize
Preterite
I civilized
you civilized
he/she/it civilized
we civilized
you civilized
they civilized
Present Continuous
I am civilizing
you are civilizing
he/she/it is civilizing
we are civilizing
you are civilizing
they are civilizing
Present Perfect
I have civilized
you have civilized
he/she/it has civilized
we have civilized
you have civilized
they have civilized
Past Continuous
I was civilizing
you were civilizing
he/she/it was civilizing
we were civilizing
you were civilizing
they were civilizing
Past Perfect
I had civilized
you had civilized
he/she/it had civilized
we had civilized
you had civilized
they had civilized
Future
I will civilize
you will civilize
he/she/it will civilize
we will civilize
you will civilize
they will civilize
Future Perfect
I will have civilized
you will have civilized
he/she/it will have civilized
we will have civilized
you will have civilized
they will have civilized
Future Continuous
I will be civilizing
you will be civilizing
he/she/it will be civilizing
we will be civilizing
you will be civilizing
they will be civilizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been civilizing
you have been civilizing
he/she/it has been civilizing
we have been civilizing
you have been civilizing
they have been civilizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been civilizing
you will have been civilizing
he/she/it will have been civilizing
we will have been civilizing
you will have been civilizing
they will have been civilizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been civilizing
you had been civilizing
he/she/it had been civilizing
we had been civilizing
you had been civilizing
they had been civilizing
Conditional
I would civilize
you would civilize
he/she/it would civilize
we would civilize
you would civilize
they would civilize
Past Conditional
I would have civilized
you would have civilized
he/she/it would have civilized
we would have civilized
you would have civilized
they would have civilized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.civilize - teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment; "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry"
fine-tune, refine, polish, down - improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
sophisticate - make less natural or innocent; "Their manners had sophisticated the young girls"
2.civilize - raise from a barbaric to a civilized state; "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

civilize

verb cultivate, improve, polish, educate, refine, tame, enlighten, humanize, sophisticate The missionaries exacted a heavy price in labour from the natives they presumed to enlighten and civilize.

civilize

verb
To fit for companionship with others, especially in attitude or manners:
Translations
civilizovat
civilisereopdrage
civilizál
civilizacijacivilizuotikultūrinti
civilizēt
civilizovať
medenileştirmekuygarlaştırmak

civilize

[ˈsɪvɪlaɪz] VTcivilizar

civilize

[ˈsɪvɪlaɪz] civilise (British) vt [+ person, society] → civiliser

civilize

vtzivilisieren; person alsoKultur beibringen (+dat)

civilize

[ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz] vtcivilizzare

civilize,

civilise

(ˈsivilaiz) verb
to change the ways of (a primitive people) to those found in a more advanced type of society. The Romans tried to civilize the ancient Britons.
ˌciviliˈzation, ˌciviliˈsation noun
1. the act of civilizing, or process or state of being civilized.
2. a civilized people and their way of life. the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece.
References in classic literature ?
Trent stood and watched it, smoking fiercely and felt himself a civiliser.
By doing so, Europeans could cherish a rather unambiguously heroic image of themselves as conquerors or righteous civilisers of the non-Western world.
It is indeed probable that when the founders of these enterprises come to die, our philanthropic societies will declare that their title to fame consists in having been the civilisers of Africa" (Dilke 34-35).