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.
To admit as suitable to a civilized state.
[Obs. or R.] "Civilizing
Syn. -- To polish; refine; humanize.
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