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civilize


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Civilize  \Civ"i*lize\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Civilized};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Civilizing}.]  [Cf.  F.  civilizer,  fr.L.  civilis  civil. 
  See  {Civil}.] 
  1.  To  reclaim  from  a  savage  state;  to  instruct  in  the  rules 
  and  customs  of  civilization;  to  educate;  to  refine. 
 
  Yet  blest  that  fate  which  did  his  arms  dispose  Her 
  land  to  civilize,  as  to  subdue.  --Dryden 
 
  2.  To  admit  as  suitable  to  a  civilized  state.  [Obs.  or  R.] 
  ``Civilizing  adultery.''  --Milton. 
 
  Syn:  To  polish;  refine;  humanize. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  civilize 
  v  1:  train  to  be  discriminative;  as  of  taste  or  judgment; 
  "Cultivate  your  musical  taste";  "Train  your  tastebuds"; 
  "She  is  well  schooled  in  poetry"  [syn:  {educate},  {school}, 
  {train},  {cultivate}] 
  2:  make  a  country  technologically  advanced;  "Many  countries  in 
  Asia  are  now  highly  developed";  "Viet  Nam  is  modernizing 
  rapidly"  [syn:  {modernize},  {develop}] 




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