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English definition of “civilize”

civilize

verb [T] (UK usually civilise)     /ˈsɪv.ɪ.laɪz/
to educate a society so that its culture becomes more developed: The Romans set out to civilize the Ancient Britons.Teaching in general to improve someone's behaviour: I like to think I had a civilizing effect on my younger brothers.Teaching in general
(Definition of civilize verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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