civilise

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See also: civilisé

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

civil +‎ -ise

Verb[edit]

civilise (third-person singular simple present civilises, present participle civilising, simple past and past participle civilised)

  1. To educate or enlighten a person or people to a perceived higher standard of behaviour.
  2. To introduce or impose the standards of one civilisation upon another civilization, group or person, arguably with the intent of achieving a perceived higher standard of behavior.
  3. To bring from a state of savagery to an educated or refined state.

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Verb[edit]

civilise

  1. first-person singular present indicative of civiliser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of civiliser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of civiliser
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of civiliser
  5. second-person singular imperative of civiliser