anthropomorphize

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fahyz]
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:
1835–45; anthropomorph(ous) + -ize

anthropomorphization, noun
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anthropomorphize or anthropomorphise (ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfaɪz)
 
vb
to attribute or ascribe human form or behaviour to (a god, animal, object, etc)
 
anthropomorphise or anthropomorphise
 
vb

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Example sentences
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.
But he anthropomorphized the creatures and, indeed, began to think that he was
  one of them.
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