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civilizationnoun

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

B2 [C or U] human society with its well developed social organizations, or the culture and way of life of a society or country at a particular period in time: Some people think that nuclear war 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 comfortable living conditions: How does it feel to be back in civilization after all those weeks in a tent?

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civilizationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌsɪv·ə·ləˈzeɪ·ʃən, -lɑɪ-/
a highly developed culture, including its social organization, government, laws, and arts, or the culture of a social group or country at a particular time: [U] Widespread use of the Internet may change modern civilization. [C] The Inca civilization flourished for a long time.
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