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civilization

noun ( also UK -isation)
 
 
/ˌsɪvəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/
SOCIETY [C, U] B2 human society with its developed social organizations, or the culture and way of life of a society at a particular period of time: ancient civilizations Nuclear war could mean the end of civilization.Society - general words
WAY OF LIFE [U] an advanced and comfortable way of life: modern civilizationWealthiness and wealthyLifestyles and their study
(Definition of civilization from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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