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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.).
Origin of anthropomorphize
1835-45; anthropomorph(ous) + -ize
Related forms
anthropomorphization, noun Unabridged
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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


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



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

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