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[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fahyz] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɔr faɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), anthropomorphized, anthropomorphizing.
to ascribe human form or attributes to (an animal, plant, material object, etc.).
Also, especially British, anthropomorphise.
Origin of anthropomorphize
1835-45; anthropomorph(ous) + -ize
Related forms
anthropomorphization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for anthropomorphize
  • Of course it's always tempting to anthropomorphize animals.
  • Humans often anthropomorphize the objects they use, especially when they become fond of their interaction with those objects.
  • We anthropomorphize our machinery, especially our cars, and as kids our bicycles.
  • People tend to anthropomorphize everything around them.
  • At the same time, the actors said they took care not to anthropomorphize the apes.
  • My guess is because they anthropomorphize the supposed deities.
  • Part of her phenomena is a tendency to anthropomorphize things and give them feelings.
  • Human qualities extend to the land, which artists anthropomorphize.
  • People anthropomorphize inanimate objects, naming cars and nursing viral computers.
British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphize


to attribute or ascribe human form or behaviour to (a god, animal, object, etc)
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphize

1834; see anthropomorphic + -ize. Related: Anthropomorphized; anthopomorphizing.

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