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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.
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(ˈsɪvɪlaɪzɪŋ) or


bringing a higher state of culture and social development
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den Otter, Civilizing the Wilderness: Culture and Nature in Pre-Confederation Canada and Rupert's Land Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2012, 438 pages.
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