Definition of civilianize in English:


Line breaks: ci¦vil¦ian|ize
Pronunciation: /sɪˈvɪlj(ə)nʌɪz
(also civilianise)


[with object]
Make (something) non-military in character or function: the president plans to civilianize the country by reducing the army’s strength
More example sentences
  • I also always become concerned when someone wants to civilianize support or combat support units.
  • What we need to begin doing is civilianizing many of the functions that are currently being undertaken by personnel in military uniform.
  • Many current combat service support functions can be civilianized or contracted.



Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
More example sentences
  • He added: ‘On the issue of wildlife crime, it is important to emphasise that we have been looking at the issue of civilianisation of jobs in the force for some years.’
  • However, critics have complained of a creeping civilianisation of policing the roads.
  • Perhaps not surprisingly, the ‘technology transfer’ that led to the civilianization of wargaming started with a couple of reservists - one British, one German.

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