Pronunciation: (si-vil'yu-nīz"), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to assign to civilians or place under civilian direction or control: a decision to civilianize the teaching of history at the naval academy.
2. to make less military in form or character: He charged that the union movement is civilianizing the army. Also, esp. Brit.,ci•vil'ian•ise".
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