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  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. 




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