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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.
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But they have only behaved badly insofar as the women in their lives have failed to civilise them.