Civ"i*lize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Civilized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Civilizing.] [Cf. F. civilizer, fr.L. civilis civil. See Civil.]


To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine.

Yet blest that fate which did his arms dispose Her land to civilize, as to subdue. Dryden


To admit as suitable to a civilized state.

[Obs. or R.] "Civilizing adultery."


Syn. -- To polish; refine; humanize.


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