Definition of civilianize in English:


transitive verb

(also British civilianise)
[with object]
  • Make (something) nonmilitary in character or function.

    ‘he plans to civilianize the country by reducing the army's strength’
    • ‘I also always become concerned when someone wants to civilianize support or combat support units.’
    • ‘What we need to begin doing is civilianizing many of the functions that are currently being undertaken by personnel in military uniform.’
    • ‘Many current combat service support functions can be civilianized or contracted.’
    • ‘The disciplined services have carried out their own studies to identify which jobs need to be done by trained officers and which could be ‘civilianised’.’
    • ‘Even though it flew with a civilian registration, it was never fully civilianized and thus has a lot of its original equipment still installed.’



/səˈvilyəˌnīz/ /səˈvɪljəˌnaɪz/