Definition of “civilization” - English Dictionary

“civilization” in English

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

“civilization” in American English

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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.

(Definition of “civilization” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)