Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “civilized”

See all translations

civilized

adjective uk ( UK usually civilised)   /ˈsɪv.ɪ.laɪzd/ us  

civilized adjective (DEVELOPED)

A civilized society or country has a well developed system of government, culture, and way of life and that treats the people who live there fairly: A fair justice system is a fundamental part of a civilized society. The terrorist attack on the UN building has shocked the civilized world.

civilized adjective (POLITE)

If a person or their behaviour is civilized, they are polite and behave in a calm and reasonable way: Let's discuss this like civilized people (= politely and calmly).

civilized adjective (COMFORTABLE)

used to describe a pleasant or comfortable place or thing: "This is all very civilized," he said, settling himself down in a chair by the fire.
(Definition of civilized from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of civilized?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “civilized”

Definitions of “civilized” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More