HyperDic: civilize

English > 2 senses of the word civilize:
VERBsocialcivilize, educate, school, train, cultivate, civiliseteach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
changecivilize, civiliseraise from a barbaric to a civilized state
civilize > pronunciation
Soundssih'vahlay.z
Rhymesactualize ... womanize: 266 rhymes with ayz...
English > civilize: 2 senses > verb 1, social
MeaningTeach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Synonymseducate, school, train, cultivate, civilise
Narrowersophisticatemake less natural or innocent
Broaderpolish, refine, fine-tune, downimprove or perfect by pruning or polishing
Spanishcivilizar, cultivar, educar
Catalancivilitzar, educar
Nounscivilizationthe quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste
English > civilize: 2 senses > verb 2, change
MeaningRaise from a barbaric to a civilized state.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Example"The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"
Synonymcivilise
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Spanishcivilizar, desenvolupar, modernizar
Catalancivilitzar, desenvolupar, modernitzar
Nounscivilizationa society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)

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