civilize

[siv-uh-lahyz] /ˈsɪv əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), civilized, civilizing.
1.
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
Related forms
civilizable, adjective
civilizatory
[siv-uh-lahy-zuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌsɪv əˈlaɪ zəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
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.
Synonyms
educate, teach, instruct, polish, sophisticate.
Example Sentences for civilize
They are the new homesteaders, trying to civilize a wasteland at the end of the world.
Picking the right moment to civilize it and shape it, though, is chancy.
The big story is not the push to modernize but the struggle to civilize, to curb the bestial side of human nature.
But that aside, things were loose and informal in the frontier settlements even as folks struggled to civilize their surroundings.
British Dictionary definitions for civilize
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

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Word Origin and History for civilize
civilize
c.1600, from Fr. civiliser, lit. "to make citified," from O.Fr. civil, from L. civilis (see civil).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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