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English definition of “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.
(Definition of civilize from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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