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civilize

verb [T] uk ( UK usually civilise)   /ˈsɪv.ɪ.laɪz/ us  
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 Korean 문명화하다…
in Arabic يَتحَضّر…
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 Spanish civilizar…
in Portuguese civilizar…
in German zivilisieren…
in Catalan civilitzar…
in Japanese 啓蒙(けいもう)する, 文明化する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 教化, 开化, 使文明…
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