Civilize

Definition of Civilize

Civ´i`lize
v. t.1.To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine.
[imp. & p. p. Civilized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Civilizing.]
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.

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