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Definition of the verb civilize

What does civilize mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: civilized | civilizing | civilizes

  1. teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
  2. raise from a barbaric to a civilized state
    • example: The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • alternative spelling: civilise
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different


"CIVILIZE" is a cataloged instance, composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for civilize

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Google previewThe Rise and Fall of Meter (2012)

Poetry and English National Culture, 1860-1930 by Meredith Martin

The power of this metrical intimacy to civilize is a crucial benefit, for Arnold, the discipline of meter 117.

Google preview40 Crowns of Shame (2010)

by H. Redd

We are born in and out corruption, our moral system was created by corruption and manipulated by man, we were born with only instinct here comes man concepts civilize is the 124 H. Redd.

Google previewMethods of Teaching English (2006)

by Muhammad Ali Alkhuli

For example, in the word civilization, civil is the root, ize and tion are suffixes, but civilize is the stem or base. Each morpheme in the word is either bound or free. A bound morpheme, which may be a root or an affix, cannot stand alone as an ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Education and Human Development (2015)

by Stephen J. Farenga, Immanuel Ness

®civilize ̄. meant imposing European culture, including the Christian religion, on the conquered populations. The adventurers acted as the official or unofficial agents of European governments, mainly of Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, ...

Google previewDictionary of Native American Literature (1994)

by Andrew Wiget

Spanishpolicy was basicallyoneattemptingto“civilize” theIndianaccordingtoSpanish ideas and then to bring him under Spanish political control.

Google previewDictionary of Eclectic Shorthand (1894)

Giving the Phonetic and Shorthand Equivalents of the Primitive Words and the Various Classes of Derivative Words of the English Language. Also, Several Vocabularies of Technical Terms

aimnt Elemental eimnt Elementary eimnt Supplement Sttplmnt Supplemental sziplmnt Suppl ementary swplmnt Realize relis Realized rilisd Realizes relis Realizing reVis Realization rel-z CIVILIZE SANCTIFIED Civilize si'vlis Civilized Si 'vlis ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary for Children (2001)

by Robert B. Costello

civilize To bring out of a primitive or ignorant condition; educate in the arts, science, government, and agriculture. civMize (siv'a llz') verb, civilized, civilizing. civil rights The rights of every citizen of a country, including the right to vote and the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Enlightenment (2013)

by Michel Delon

Herewewilllimit ourselvesto tracing the term's evolution in French, linking the verbs civiliser (to civilize) and se civiliser (to become civilized) to “equivalent” terms (allowing for the necessarilycritical view of this notion of equivalence) prior to ...

Google previewWorld Terrorism: An Encyclopedia of Political Violence from Ancient Times to the Post-9/11 Era (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Political Violence from Ancient Times to the Post-9/11 Era by James Ciment

®civilize ̄. the natives with a declaration that all local people in overseas provinces were equal to Europeans as Portuguese citizens. But insurgency still spread to Portuguese Guinea in 1963 and to Mozambique in 1964.

Google previewAmerican Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change by James Ciment, John Radzilowski

®civilize ̄. immigrants, just not all at once. J.M. McKim, editor of The Nation, expressed the sentiment more colorfully: ®The. gastric solvents of a democratic body are powerful, but they should not be presumed to be miraculous. ̄ Another side ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Race and Ethnic Studies (2004)

by Ellis Cashmore

®civilize ̄. theOther via subjugation. Thisis articulatedin literature, whichisa representation of aworldat theboundaries ofcivilization. Given its theoretical thrust ,the roleof individual properties, such as consciousness, motive or purpose, ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Terrorism (2015)

by Martha Crenshaw, John Pimlott

®civilize ̄. the natives with a declaration that all local people in overseas provinces were equal to Europeans as Portuguese citizens. But insurgency still spread to Portuguese Guinea in 1963 and to Mozambique in 1964. GUINEA ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women in American History (2015)

by Joyce Appleby, Eileen Chang, Neva Goodwin

® civilize ̄. the country«s original inhabitants, while Native Americans both ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary: The Century dictionary (1914)

We send the graces and the muses forth, To civilize and to instruct the North. Waller.

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When did one man ever civilize a people? (John Lothrop Motley)
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Scrabble value of C3I1V4I1L1I1Z10E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 22 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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