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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When those devices have a face or a voice, our impulse is to further anthropomorphize them like our human relationships. Pamela Pavliscak, Quartz, "Forget AI ethics—treat technology like a new relationship instead," 2 Aug. 2019 Just Can’t Wait to Be King,’ the director does a fantastic job of reimagining this sequence, tipping his hat to certain memorable shots without anthropomorphizing the animals too much. Joey Nolfi,, "Critics softly purr in favor of 'unnecessary' but 'gorgeous' Lion King remake," 11 July 2019 Here’s the thing -- the whole idea of anthropomorphizing cats is not that wild., "The claws are out over the new ‘Cats’ trailer, but I am 100% going to watch it (commentary)," 19 July 2019 The blue, the fresh, the ever free Humans have anthropomorphized the ocean to one extent or another for about as long as humans have been around. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "War Stories: How Subnautica made players love being hunted by sea creatures," 5 June 2019 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

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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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