Definition of civilize in English:

civilize

Syllabification: civ·i·lize
Pronunciation: /ˈsivəˌlīz
 
/

verb

[with object] (usually as adjective civilized)

Derivatives

civilizer

noun
More example sentences
  • Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts.
  • Never in modem times has the world been in greater need of this gentle civilizer.
  • In her poetry, this is apparent in the representation of prairie homesteaders as cultivators and, by extension, civilizers of an untamed western wilderness.

Origin

early 17th century: from French civiliser, from civil 'civil'.

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