verb (used with object), civilized, civilizing.
to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.
Also, especially British, civilise.

1595–1605; < French civiliser; see civil, -ize

civilizable, adjective
civilizatory [siv-uh-lahy-zuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
civilizer, noun
decivilize, verb (used with object), decivilized, decivilizing.
noncivilizable, adjective
overcivilize, verb, overcivilized, overcivilizing.
uncivilizable, adjective
uncivilize, verb (used with object), uncivilized, uncivilizing.

educate, teach, instruct, polish, sophisticate. Unabridged
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civilize or civilise (ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz)
1.  to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
2.  to refine, educate, or enlighten
civilise or civilise
'civilizable or civilise
'civilisable or civilise
'civilizer or civilise
'civiliser or civilise

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from Fr. civiliser, lit. "to make citified," from O.Fr. civil, from L. civilis (see civil).
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Example sentences for civilise
He hopes that her training will contribute to his plan to civilise his people.
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