(third-person singular simple present civilises, present participle civilising, simple past and past participle civilised)
- To educate or enlighten a person or people to a perceived higher standard of behaviour.
- To introduce or impose the standards of one civilisation upon another civilization, group or person, arguably with the intent of achieving a perceived higher standard of behavior.
- To bring from a state of savagery to an educated or refined state.
OriginSee also: civilisé
civil + -ise