Civilize - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɪvəlaɪz|  American pronunciation of the word civilize
Brit.  |ˈsɪvɪlaɪz|  British pronunciation of the word civilize

verb

- teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment (syn: cultivate, educate, school, train)
- raise from a barbaric to a civilized state
The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized

Extra examples

Her parents hoped that boarding school might civilize her some.

He is credited with civilizing the treatment of people with mental illnesses.

They believed it was their duty to civilize the native people.

Andrea was a great civilizing influence on her husband.

Ellis was credited with civilizing the Texas prison system.

The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: civilize
he/she/it: civilizes
present participle: civilizing
past tense: civilized
past participle: civilized
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