(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. educate, cultivate, refine; reclaim, enlighten. See improvement, courtesy, fashion.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. enlighten, cultivate, enrich, reclaim, refine, render civil, acculturate, polish, sophisticate, spiritualize, humanize, socialize, edify, uplift, tame, foster, instruct, ethicize, reclaim from barbarism, promote, help forward, better materially, make gentle, acquaint with culture, indoctrinate, elevate, educate, teach, advance, ennoble; see also develop 1 , improve 1 , teach 1 .
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To fit for companionship with others, especially in attitude or manners: acculturate, humanize, socialize. See TEACH.

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