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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Civilize \Civ"i*lize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Civilized; p. pr. & vb. n. Civilizing.] [Cf. F. civilizer, fr.L. civilis civil. See Civil.] 1. To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine. [1913 Webster] Yet blest that fate which did his arms dispose Her land to civilize, as to subdue. --Dryden [1913 Webster] 2. To admit as suitable to a civilized state. [Obs. or R.] "Civilizing adultery." --Milton. Syn: To polish; refine; humanize. [1913 Webster]