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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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v. - Raise from a barbaric to a tasteful state; Train to be discriminative in taste or judgment.

Usage examples (29)
  • We go out, we conquer a country, we "civilize" them to our way of thinking so-called democracy.
  • And it definitely follows the pattern of a woman from the East coming out West to "civilize" it.
  • The idea was to "civilize" Asia—a truly laughable notion given the respective age of the civilizations involved.
  • These are both colonial projects that seek to "civilize" the other and transform them into whatever the state wishes them to be. for more
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