an·​thro·​po·​mor·​phize | \ -ˌfīz How to pronounce anthropomorphize (audio) \
anthropomorphized; anthropomorphizing

Definition of anthropomorphize

transitive verb

: to attribute human form or personality to

intransitive verb

: to attribute human form or personality to things not human

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Other Words from anthropomorphize

anthropomorphization \ -​ˌmȯr-​fə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce anthropomorphization (audio) \ noun

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Everything — everything — is anthropomorphized: pajamas, marshmallows, the moon, dollar bills. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 5 July 2018 Critics and writers often anthropomorphize wines, and there has been a tendency to characterize Spottswoode’s offerings as feminine. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "The Matriarchal Napa Valley Vineyard That Escaped Last Year's Fires," 23 Mar. 2018 New York is often anthropomorphized as a bad boyfriend who’s both hard to keep and hard to leave. Sari Botton, Longreads, "Inadvertent Matchmaker Seeks a Love of Her Own," 15 Feb. 2018 But they haven’t been anthropomorphized in the same way as other animals. Alex Shoumatoff, Smithsonian, "To Save Giraffes, We May Need to Put Our Necks Out," 29 Mar. 2017 Having once appeared on our cover, Otis is the world's most beloved anthropomorphized avocado. Florian Nicolle, Car and Driver, "What I'd Do Differently: Otis the Avocado," 11 Dec. 2017 Brooks is saying that Musk is anthropomorphizing A.I. and thus overestimating its danger. Nick Thieme, Slate Magazine, "Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk Are Both Wrong About A.I.," 27 July 2017 The moon and even a bus also are anthropomorphized by Jessica Martin and Lawrence Weber. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Dramatic musical 'Caroline, or Change' a fresh look at old Southern themes," 31 Oct. 2017 But though the instinct to anthropomorphize is innate, there are circumstances that make someone more likely to do so. Arianna Rebolini, The Atlantic, "What's the Point of Talking to Your Pet?," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of anthropomorphize

1825, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of anthropomorphize was in 1825

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