Civilize vs Civilized - What's the difference?

civilize | civilized |


As a verb civilize

is .

As an adjective civilized is

having a highly developed society or culture.

civilize

Alternative forms

* civilise (chiefly British)

Verb

  • civilized

    English

    Alternative forms

    * civilised (mostly British)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Having a highly developed society or culture.
  • Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, reasonable, ethical.
  • Marked by refinement in taste and manners.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=5 citation , passage=A waiter brought his aperitif, which was a small scotch and soda, and as he sipped it gratefully he sighed.
       ‘Civilized ,’ he said to Mr. Campion. ‘Humanizing.’ […] ‘Cigars and summer days and women in big hats with swansdown face-powder, that's what it reminds me of.’}}

    See also

    * civil