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Verb: civilise  'si-vu,lIz
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: civilize)
  1. Teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
    "She is well civilised in poetry";
    - educate, school, train, cultivate, civilize
  2. Raise from a barbaric to a civilized state
    "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilised";
    - civilize

Derived forms: civilising, civilises, civilised

Type of: alter, change, down [informal], fine-tune, modify, polish, refine

Encyclopedia: Civilise