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English verb: civilize

1. civilize (social) teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

SamplesCultivate your musical taste.
Train your tastebuds.
She is well schooled in poetry.

Synonymscivilise, cultivate, educate, school, train

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)down, fine-tune, polish, refine

Narrower (hyponym)sophisticate

2. civilize (change) raise from a barbaric to a civilized state

SamplesThe wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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