Definition of civilize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

civilize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˈsɪvəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪvəlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they civilize
BrE BrE//ˈsɪvəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪvəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it civilizes
BrE BrE//ˈsɪvəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪvəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple civilized
BrE BrE//ˈsɪvəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪvəlaɪzd//
 
past participle civilized
BrE BrE//ˈsɪvəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪvəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form civilizing
BrE BrE//ˈsɪvəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪvəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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civilize somebody/something to educate and improve a person or a society; to make somebody’s behaviour or manners better The girls in a class tend to have a civilizing influence on the boys. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French civiliser, from civil ‘civil’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: civilize