from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To raise from barbarism to an enlightened stage of development; bring out of a primitive or savage state.
- transitive v. To educate in matters of culture and refinement; make more polished or sophisticated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Alternative spelling of civilise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine.
- transitive v. To admit as suitable to a civilized state.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reclaim from a savage or semi-barbarous state; introduce order and civic organization among; refine and enlighten; elevate in social and individual life.
- To make subject to a civil instead of a criminal process.
- To place under civil, as opposed to military, control; transfer from military to civil control.
- To behave civilly or with propriety.
- Also civilise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
- v. raise from a barbaric to a civilized state
From French civiliser, corresponding to civil + -ize. (Wiktionary)