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  • Educate or enlighten a person or people to a perceived higher standard of behaviour
  • Introduce or impose the standards of one civilization upon another civilization, group or person, arguably with the intent of achieving a perceived higher standard of behaviour
  • Bring from a state of savagery to an educated or refined state
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Civ"i*lize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Civilized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Civilizing.] [Cf. F. civilizer, fr.L. civilis civil. See Civil.] 1. 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.

2. To admit as suitable to a civilized state. [Obs. or R.] "Civilizing adultery." Milton.

Syn. -- To polish; refine; humanize.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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