how to pronounce civilized


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civilized is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of civilized in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… was the over civilized upper-middle …”

meanings of civilized


  1. Having a highly developed society or culture.
  2. Marked by refinement in taste and manners.
  3. Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, reasonable, ethical.


  1. Simple past tense and past participle of civilize.

civilized frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word civilized occurs in english on average 3.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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