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Adjective: civilized  'si-vu,lIzd
  1. Having a high state of culture and development both social and technological
    "terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world";
    - civilised [Brit]
  2. Marked by refinement in taste and manners
    "civilized speech";
    - civilised [Brit], cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite
Verb: civilize  'si-vu,lI
  1. Teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
    "She is well civilized in poetry";
    - educate, school, train, cultivate, civilise [Brit]
  2. Raise from a barbaric to a civilized state
    "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized";
    - civilise [Brit]

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

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

Encyclopedia: Civilized