World English Dictionary
civilization or civilisation (ˌsɪvɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən)
1.  a human society that has highly developed material and spiritual resources and a complex cultural, political, and legal organization; an advanced state in social development
2.  the peoples or nations collectively who have achieved such a state
3.  the total culture and way of life of a particular people, nation, region, or period: classical civilization
4.  the process of bringing or achieving civilization
5.  intellectual, cultural, and moral refinement
6.  cities or populated areas, as contrasted with sparsely inhabited areas, deserts, etc
civilisation or civilisation

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