Civilize - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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

Examples

Her parents hoped that boarding school might civilize her some.

a teacher who had a civilizing influence on the students

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

efforts to civilize the health-care system

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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