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Adjective: civilised  'si-vu,lIzd
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: civilized)
  1. Marked by refinement in taste and manners
    "civilised speech";
    - civilized, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite
  2. Having a high state of culture and development both social and technological
    "terrorist acts that shocked the civilised world";
    - civilized
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

See also: advanced, civil, educated, humane, refined

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

Encyclopedia: Civilised