civilize

Definitions:

  • To raise from barbarism to an enlightened stage of development; bring out of a primitive or savage state.
  • To educate in matters of culture and refinement; make more polished or sophisticated.
  • To reclaim from a savage or semi-barbarous state; introduce order and civic organization among; refine and enlighten; elevate in social and individual life.
  • To make subject to a civil instead of a criminal process.
  • To place under civil, as opposed to military, control; transfer from military to civil control.
  • To behave civilly or with propriety.
  • Also <internalXref urlencoded="civilise">civilise</internalXref>.
  • To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine.
  • To admit as suitable to a civilized state.
  • Alternative spelling of <xref>civilise</xref>.
  • teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
  • raise from a barbaric to a civilized state
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