Definition of civilization noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -isation) noun
    BrE BrE//ˌsɪvəlaɪˈzeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɪvələˈzeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] a state of human society that is very developed and organized the technology of modern civilization The Victorians regarded the railways as bringing progress and civilization.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] a society, its culture and its way of life during a particular period of time or in a particular part of the world the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome diseases that are common in Western civilization
  3. 3[uncountable] all the people in the world and the societies they live in, considered as a whole Environmental damage threatens the whole of civilization.
  4. 4[uncountable] (often humorous) a place that offers you the comfortable way of life of a modern society It's good to be back in civilization after two weeks in a tent!
  5. Extra examples Could this be the end of civilization as we know it? a movement that aims to create a new civilization the benefits of modern civilization the early civilizations of Asia the early civilizations of the Middle East and China the great civilizations of the past to bring civilization to the outer reaches of the country to reach a higher level of civilization The Minoan civilization of Crete used two forms of script.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: civilization