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 for Civilizing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Civilize \Civ"i*lize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Civilized; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Civilizing.] [Cf. F. civilizer, fr.L. civilis civil.
     See Civil.]
     1. To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules
        and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine.
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              Yet blest that fate which did his arms dispose
              Her land to civilize, as to subdue.   --Dryden
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     2. To admit as suitable to a civilized state. [Obs. or R.]
        "Civilizing adultery." --Milton.
  
     Syn: To polish; refine; humanize.
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