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civilianize

[si-vil-yuh-nahyz] /sɪˈvɪl yəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), civilianized, civilianizing.
1.
to assign to civilians or place under civilian direction or control:
a decision to civilianize the teaching of history at the naval academy.
2.
to make less military in form or character:
He charged that the union movement is civilianizing the army.
Also, especially British, civilianise.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; civilian + -ize
Related forms
civilianization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for civilianise

civilianize

/sɪˈvɪljəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to change the status of (an armed force, a base, etc) from military to nonmilitary
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