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civilize

verb [T] (UK usually civilise) uk   us   /ˈsɪv.ɪ.laɪz/
to educate a society so that its culture becomes more developed: The Romans set out to civilize the Ancient Britons. to improve someone's behaviour: I like to think I had a civilizing effect on my younger brothers.
Translations of “civilize”
in Arabic يَتحَضّر…
in Korean 문명화하다…
in Malaysian memperadabkan…
in French civiliser…
in Turkish medenileştirmek, uygarlaştırmak…
in Italian civilizzare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 教化, 開化, 使文明…
in Russian цивилизовать…
in Polish cywilizować…
in Vietnamese khai hóa…
in Spanish civilizar…
in Portuguese civilizar…
in Thai ทำให้มีความศิวิไลซ์…
in German zivilisieren…
in Catalan civilitzar…
in Japanese 啓蒙(けいもう)する, 文明化する…
in Indonesian membudayakan, memajukan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 教化, 开化, 使文明…
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