To reclaim from a savage state; to instruct in the rules and customs of civilization; to educate; to refine.
To admit as suitable to a civilized state.
civilize in Dutch is civiliseren, beschaven
civilize in French is civilisez, civilisent, civiliser, civilisons
civilize in German is zivilisieren, zivilisiere
civilize in Spanish is civilizar
civilize in Swedish is civilisera