how to pronounce civilise


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civilise is pronounced in three syllables

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meanings of civilise


  1. To educate or enlighten a person or people to a perceived higher standard of behaviour.
  2. To bring from a state of savagery to an educated or refined state.
  3. 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.

civilise frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word civilise occurs in english on average 0.1 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.

topics civilise can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that civilise can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

3) people, society, and culture;

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