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anthropomorphize

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fahyz] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɔr faɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), anthropomorphized, anthropomorphizing.
1.
to ascribe human form or attributes to (an animal, plant, material object, etc.).
Also, especially British, anthropomorphise.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; anthropomorph(ous) + -ize
Related forms
anthropomorphization, noun
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Examples from the web for anthropomorphized
  • Of course the children anthropomorphized-if that is the proper term-their friends of the animal world.
  • We have anthropomorphized pets-there's little argument from me about that.
  • The less anthropomorphized an object, the less empathy.
  • Two smiling aliens, anthropomorphized as swastikas, were disembarking and pointing.
  • There would be no anthropomorphized, talking dinosaurs.
  • And there are pictures, and a note from anthropomorphized data.
  • But he anthropomorphized the creatures and, indeed, began to think that he was one of them.
  • The tale of one anthropomorphized pile of precipitation and his eventual jolly suicide.
  • Personality implies that the bot displays some aspect of human behavior or has in some way been anthropomorphized.
British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphized

anthropomorphize

/ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfaɪz/
verb
1.
to attribute or ascribe human form or behaviour to (a god, animal, object, etc)
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphized

anthropomorphize

v.

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

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