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noun civilization pronunciation in British English /ˌsɪvəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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singularcivilization
pluralcivilizations
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a society that has developed its own culture and institutions
    the history of Western civilization
    the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt
    1. c.
      [uncountable] human society in general
      the end of civilization as we know it
  2. 2
    [uncountable] often humorous a place such as a large city where you have the modern things that make life easy
    After a week of camping, I was glad to get back to civilization.

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