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Meaning of civilize

civ•i•lize

Pronunciation: (siv'u-līz"), [key]
— -lized, -liz•ing.
  1. to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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