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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 civ·i·lize /ˈsɪvəˌlaɪz/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Civ·i·lize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Civilized p. pr. & vb. n. Civilizing.]
 1. To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine.
 Yet blest that fate which did his arms dispose
 Her land to civilize, as to subdue.   --Dryden
 2. To admit as suitable to a civilized state. [Obs. or R.] Civilizing adultery.”
 Syn: -- To polish; refine; humanize.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: train to be discriminative in taste or judgment; "Cultivate
           your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is
           well schooled in poetry" [syn: educate, school, train,
            cultivate, civilise]
      2: raise from a barbaric to a civilized state; "The wild child
         found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"
         [syn: civilise]