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"civilization" in British English

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civilizationnoun

(UK usually civilisation) uk   us   /ˌsɪv.əl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/
  • civilization noun (DEVELOPED SOCIETY)

B2 [C or U] humansociety with ​its well ​developedsocialorganizations, or the ​culture and way of ​life of a ​society or ​country at a ​particularperiod in ​time: Some ​peoplethink that ​nuclearwar would ​mean the end of civilization. Cuzco was the ​centre of one of the world's most ​famous civilizations, that of the Incas.C1 [U] mainly humorous a ​place that has ​comfortablelivingconditions: How does it ​feel to be back in civilization after all those ​weeks in a ​tent?

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(Definition of civilization from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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civilizationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌsɪv·ə·ləˈzeɪ·ʃən, -lɑɪ-/
a ​highlydevelopedculture, ​includingitssocialorganization, ​government, ​laws, and ​arts, or the ​culture of a ​socialgroup or ​country at a ​particulartime: [U] Widespread use of the ​Internet may ​changemodern civilization. [C] The Inca civilization ​flourished for a ​longtime.
(Definition of civilization from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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