verb[with object] (usually as adjective civilized)
- 1Bring (a place or people) to a stage of social, cultural, and moral development considered to be more advanced: a civilized societyMore example sentences
- They must take the lead in civilising our streets and reclaiming them for local communities.
- There is clearly a major confrontation at the moment about how we in Australia find our own way to civilize global capital.
- Both countries have a spying and military heritage, and both feel they have a mission to civilise the world.
- 1.1 (as adjective civilized) Polite and well-mannered: such an affront to civilized behavior will no longer be toleratedMore example sentences
- Training a child to sit at table and eat food in a civilized manner is one of the basic rituals of culture.
- We stuffed ourselves silly when the pizza arrived, of course in a civilized manner.
- He not only wants the best food, he wants to be handled in a civilized manner, too.
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- 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.
early 17th century: from French civiliser, from civil 'civil'.