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civ·i·lize

civilize

 
 
pronunciation:
sI v laIz
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part of speech: verb
inflections: civilizes, civilizing, civilized
definition: to bring education and training to, especially in the arts, science, and government.
The Romans believed in their ability to civilize the people they had conquered.
similar words:
cultivate, develop, educate, tame
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The word civilize contains the following part:
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize).