anthropomorphize

verb
an·​thro·​po·​mor·​phize | \ ˌan(t)-thrə-pə-ˈmȯr-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 \ ˌan(t)-​thrə-​pə-​ˌmȯr-​fə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce anthropomorphize (audio) \ noun

Examples of anthropomorphize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Please be aware that there is an ongoing and dangerous tendency these days to anthropomorphize AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 June 2021 Despite our inclination to anthropomorphize computers (who can forget R2-D2 and C-3PO?), computer algorithms do not have sentiment, feelings, or passions. Gary Smith, Quartz, 4 June 2021 Channeling her lifelong enchantment with animals, Heffernan stages unique situations to anthropomorphize these creatures in playful, sometimes political, often histrionic, narratives. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Please be aware that there is an ongoing and dangerous tendency these days to anthropomorphize AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Please be aware that there is an ongoing and dangerous tendency these days to anthropomorphize AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Often people anthropomorphize with good intentions, to explain a concept, process or event—such as a novel virus—that is not easily understood. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Mar. 2021 Commentators tend to anthropomorphize the most prominent independent government institutions: the Roberts Court and the Powell Fed. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2020 As solitaries continue to find their way into the hearts of coastal communities, there is a chance to put our tendency to anthropomorphize them to good use. Cathleen O'grady, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 July 2020

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First Known Use of anthropomorphize

1825, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for anthropomorphize

anthropomorph(ic) or anthropomorph(ism) + -ize

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13 Jun 2021

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“Anthropomorphize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anthropomorphize. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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