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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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Examples from the web for humanize
  • Twitter's avatar feature allows for head shots, which helped humanize our tweets.
  • The displays humanize and, at times, justify the shadowy agency that may or may not be listening to your phone calls.
  • Now comes a promising new approach: partly humanize the pig's liver.
  • Between the voice acting, dialog and overall presentation, the sequences really help humanize the characters.
  • Unite, simplify, and humanize the systems and policies affecting children and families.
  • It is not necessary to be foolish in order to humanize a nun.
  • In those moments when the film tries to humanize him, the tone turns preachy and portentous.
British Dictionary definitions for humanize


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 humanize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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