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Meaning & Definition of Civilize in English

English

Civilize

/sɪvəlaɪz/

verb

1. Teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

  • "Cultivate your musical taste"
  • "Train your tastebuds"
  • "She is well schooled in poetry"
    synonym:
  • educate
  • ,
  • school
  • ,
  • train
  • ,
  • cultivate
  • ,
  • civilize
  • ,
  • civilise

2. Raise from a barbaric to a civilized state

  • "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"
    synonym:
  • civilize
  • ,
  • civilise