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Definition of civilize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



civilize somebody/somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they civilize
he / she / it civilizes
past simple civilized
-ing form civilizing
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to educate and improve a person or a society; to make someone's behavior or manners better The girls in a class tend to have a civilizing influence on the boys.
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