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civilize

verb

1 civilize

Teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment.

synonyms: civilise, cultivate, educate, school, train.

Roget 894: be courteous etc. adj.; show courtesy etc. n.. mind one's P's and Q's, behave oneself, be all things to all men, conciliate, speak one fair, take in good part; make the amiable, do the amiable; ... show more



2 civilize

Raise from a barbaric to a civilized state:
— The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized.

synonym: civilise.


Moby thesaurus: acculturate, advance, ameliorate, amend, anthropomorphize, better, boost, bring forward, broaden, broaden the mind, catechize, demonstrate, direct, domesticate, edify, educate, elevate, emend, enhance, enlighten ... show more.

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