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Definition of 'civilize'

Verb

  1. train to be discriminative in taste or judgment; "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry"
       Synonyms: educate school train cultivate civilise
  2. raise from a barbaric to a civilized state; "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"
       Synonyms: civilise


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