1. educate, school, train, cultivate, civilize, civilise, polish, refine, fine-tune, down

usage: teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment; "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry"

2. civilize, civilise, change, alter, modify

usage: raise from a barbaric to a civilized state; "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"


1. civilized (vs. noncivilized), civilised, advanced, civil, humane, educated, refined

usage: having a high state of culture and development both social and technological; "terrorist acts that shocked the civilized world"

2. civilized, civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite, refined (vs. unrefined)

usage: marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society"

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