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civilize (v.)

c. 1600, "to bring out of barbarism, introduce order and civil organization among, refine and enlighten," from French civiliser, verb from Old French civil (adj.), from Latin civilis "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous," alternative adjectival derivative of civis "townsman" (see city). Intransitive meaning "become civilized" is from 1868. Related: Civilized; civilizing.

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Definitions of civilize from WordNet

civilize (v.)
teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment;
Synonyms: educate / school / train / cultivate / civilise
civilize (v.)
raise from a barbaric to a civilized state;
The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized
Synonyms: civilise
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