Definition of civilize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

civilize

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈsɪvəˌlaɪz//
 
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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