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civ•i•lize



Pronunciation: (siv'u-līz"), [key]
v.t., -lized, -liz•ing.
to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians. Also, esp. Brit.,civ'i•lise".

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

civilizationcivilized
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