civilize

  • 1 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 civilize — index educate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 civilize — c.1600, from Fr. civiliser, lit. to make citified, from O.Fr. civil, from L. civilis (see CIVIL (Cf. civil)). Related: Civilized; civilizing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 civilize — (Amer.) civ·i·lize || sɪvɪlaɪz v. educate, cultivate, humanize, refine, tame (also civilise) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 5 civilize — [v] make cultured; develop acculturate, acquaint, advance, better, cultivate, edify, educate, elevate, enlighten, ennoble, enrich, ethicize, foster, help forward, humanize, idealize, improve, indoctrinate, inform, instruct, polish, promote,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 civilize — (also civilise) ► VERB 1) bring to an advanced stage of social development. 2) (civilized) polite and good mannered. DERIVATIVES civilizer noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 civilize — [siv′ə līz΄] vt., vi. civilized, civilizing [Fr civiliser < L civilis: see CIVIL & IZE: lit. etym. sense, “to make citified”] 1. to bring or come out of a primitive or savage condition and into a state of civilization 2. to improve in habits… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 civilize — UK [ˈsɪvəlaɪz] / US [ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms civilize : present tense I/you/we/they civilize he/she/it civilizes present participle civilizing past tense civilized past participle civilized 1) to make someone behave in a more… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 civilize — [[t]sɪ̱vɪlaɪz[/t]] civilizes, civilizing, civilized VERB To civilize a person or society means to educate them and improve their way of life. [V n] ...a comedy about a man who tries to civilise a woman but she ends up civilising him... [V ing] It …

    English dictionary

  • 10 civilize — verb they were trying to civilize people who strongly resented the intrusion Syn: enlighten, edify, improve, educate, instruct, refine, cultivate, polish, socialize, humanize …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 11 civilize — verb ( lized; lizing) Date: 1601 transitive verb 1. to cause to develop out of a primitive state; especially to bring to a technically advanced and rationally ordered stage of cultural …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 civilize — civilizable, adj. civilizatory /siv euh luy zeuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. civilizer, n. /siv euh luyz /, v.t., civilized, civilizing. to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten;… …

    Universalium

  • 13 civilize — Synonyms and related words: acculturate, advance, ameliorate, amend, anthropomorphize, better, boost, bring forward, broaden, broaden the mind, catechize, demonstrate, direct, domesticate, edify, educate, elevate, emend, enhance, enlighten,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 civilize — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. educate, cultivate, refine; reclaim, enlighten. See improvement, courtesy, fashion. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. enlighten, cultivate, enrich, reclaim, refine, render civil, acculturate, polish,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 civilize — civ|i|lize also civilise BrE [ˈsıvəl aız] v [T] 1.) to influence someone s behaviour, making or teaching them to act in a more sensible or gentle way ▪ Andrea was a great civilizing influence on her husband. 2.) to improve a society so that it is …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 civilize — civ|i|lize [ sıvı,laız ] verb transitive 1. ) to make someone behave in a more polite and reasonable way 2. ) OLD FASHIONED to help a society to develop its culture and institutions …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 civilize — or civilise verb 1》 [usu. as adjective civilized] bring to an advanced stage of social development. 2》 [as adjective civilized] polite and good mannered. Derivatives civilizable adjective civilizer noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 civilize — v. a. Refine, cultivate, educate, polish, enlighten, improve, humanize, reclaim from barbarism …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 19 civilize — also ise BrE verb (T) BrE often humorous to make someone behave in a more sensible or gentle way: men who need to be domesticated and civilized …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 civilize — v 1. tame, domesticate, humanize, unbar barize, acculturize, acculturate, socialize, indoctrinate, inculcate; shape, mold, form; educate, school, instruct, teach, tutor, train, coach, break in, teach [s.o.] manners, show [s.o.] how to act. 2.… …

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