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[hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu məˌnaɪz or, often, ˈyu-/
verb (used with object), humanized, humanizing.
to make humane, kind, or gentle.
to make human.
verb (used without object), humanized, humanizing.
to become human or humane.
Also, especially British, humanise.
Origin of humanize
1595-1605; human + -ize
Related forms
humanization, noun
humanizer, noun
nonhumanized, adjective
overhumanize, verb, overhumanized, overhumanizing.
rehumanization, noun
rehumanize, verb, rehumanized, rehumanizing.
semihumanized, adjective
superhumanize, verb (used with object), superhumanized, superhumanizing.
unhumanize, verb (used with object), unhumanized, unhumanizing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That may seem but a small step in the path of humanization, but it is in the right direction.

  • The humanization of God only belittled his infinite and illimitable nature.

  • And, to speak like the amateurs of high-sounding phrases, will there ever be a humanization of all men?

  • The deep-lying reason is the fact that the humanization of Evil into Devil mitigates Evil and improves the world.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • It is a humanization of nature according to processes peculiar to the imagination.

  • Truth counts for more in the long run, and, especially in Nature study, may be made quite as interesting as "humanization."

  • But indispensable were they in the world's humanization and civilization: that is enough to say of them.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • Through sexuality humans project their natural condition and the many influences, language included, leading to its humanization.

British Dictionary definitions for humanization


to make or become human
to make or become humane
Derived Forms
humanization, humanisation, noun
humanizer, humaniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for humanization



c.1600, from human + -ize. Related: Humanized; humanizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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