civilize

[siv-uh-lahyz]
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.


Origin:
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.
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civilize or civilise (ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
2.  to refine, educate, or enlighten
 
civilise or civilise
 
vb
 
'civilizable or civilise
 
adj
 
'civilisable or civilise
 
adj
 
'civilizer or civilise
 
n
 
'civiliser or civilise
 
n

civilized or civilised (ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪzd)
 
adj
1.  having a high state of culture and social development
2.  cultured; polite: a civilized discussion
 
civilised or civilised
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

civilize
c.1600, from Fr. civiliser, lit. "to make citified," from O.Fr. civil, from L. civilis (see civil).
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Example sentences
If it were to embrace a centrist option, politics over the next year would be
  considerably more civilised.
On one side of that line stand societies sure of their civilised values.
For enthusiasts conversation is an art, one of the great pleasures of life,
  even the basis of civilised society.
It is a vile anachronism and has no place in civilised society.
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