human

adjective
hu·​man | \ ˈhyü-mən , ˈyü-\

Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of humans (see human entry 2) the human brain human voices problems that have occurred throughout human history
2 : consisting of humans everyone held hands and made a human chain
3a : having human form or attributes the statue is more human than the beings at his feet— Clifton Fadiman
b : representative of or susceptible to the sympathies and frailties of human nature human kindness a human weakness such an inconsistency is very human— P. E. More

human

noun

Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens) : a person : man sense 1c usually plural a disease that affects both humans and animalsincomprehensible to us humans— William James broadly : hominid the least developed of all ancestral humans — A. L. Kroeber

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Other Words from human

Adjective

humanness \ ˈhyü-​mən-​nəs , ˈyü-​ \ noun

Noun

humanlike \ ˈhyü-​mən-​ˌlīk , ˈyü-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for human

Synonyms: Adjective

earthborn, mortal, natural

Synonyms: Noun

baby, being, bird, bod [British], body, character, cookie (or cooky), creature, customer, devil, duck, egg, face, fish, guy, head, human being, individual, life, man, mortal, party, person, personage, scout, slob, sort, soul, specimen, stiff, thing, wight

Antonyms: Adjective

nonhuman

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Examples of human in a Sentence

Adjective

problems that have occurred throughout human history She is a very kind and human person. The dog's expression was almost human. The assembly line was a human machine. Everyone held hands and formed a human chain.

Noun

humans are the only mammals not endowed with a natural defense against the elements, such as fur or a thick hide
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Pap checks for abnormal cells that may become cancer cells, while the HPV test looks for the human papilloma virus, which can sometimes lead to cervical cancer. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "Does A Pap Smear Hurt?!," 29 Jan. 2019 The brain remains famously remains one of the most mysterious parts of the human body. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Mapped Entire Brains at Nanoscale For This Psychadelic Visualization," 18 Jan. 2019 Here's the problem: These things might occur in your body when consuming concentrated amounts of celery on an empty stomach, but the data is still limited on how bioavailable (actually usable) these compounds are in human beings. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Celery Juice "Benefits" Are Total B.S., According to Nutrition Science," 16 Jan. 2019 Though these fatty acids are critical to cell function, the human body has difficulty making them on its own, so has to get them from diet. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Fish Oil: Hunting for Evidence to Tip the Scales," 2 Jan. 2019 So, can a juice cleanse really do more than the human body? Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Detox Diets Aren't Real or Healthy — and Body "Toxins" Don't Exist," 1 Jan. 2019 And as one can imagine, foam rolling offers a multitude of benefits for those who spend an alarming amount of time sitting in an office chair—an entirely unnatural position for the human body—all week. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why This Holiday Break Is a Perfect Time to Start Foam-Rolling," 28 Dec. 2018 Claim 3: The fragrances in scented candles are seriously harmful to human health. Sam Gutierrez, House Beautiful, "Are Your Favorite Candles Slowly Poisoning You?," 26 Dec. 2018 The chemical weapon the defendant created in this case is banned under international and national laws because of its terrible effects on the human body. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Soldier whose chemical bomb 'ended' careers of two others gets 11-year sentence," 25 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This masochistic form of self-improvement challenges you to be rejected every day by another human. Marianne Power, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Was Rejected Every Day for a Month," 30 Jan. 2019 There is one human pilot study, published in the Natural Medicine Journal in 2013, in which 30 patients with mild to moderate hypertension took daily celery extract supplements (not juice) for six weeks. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Surprise: Celery Juice Will Not Cure All of Your Health Issues," 25 Jan. 2019 My mama has always said there’s nothing more interesting than an interested human. Yara Shahidi, Teen Vogue, ""Yes She Can" Is the Yara Shahidi-Approved Collection of Stories From Young Women Staffers of the Obama White House," 14 Jan. 2019 None of these systems are 100 percent accurate, however; as a final step, humans get involved. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Next year, SpaceX may finally launch astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, at long last fulfilling the company’s goal of sending humans into space. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018 California made waves when the state announced it would let fully autonomous vehicles test without humans behind the wheel in March, yet only one company applied. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 He and crew members Jim Lovell and Bill Anders would be the first humans to ride the Saturn V rocket. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Apollo 8: Humanity's First Trip to the Moon," 21 Dec. 2018 Those bites would not have been problematic to a human, just painful. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of human

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1509, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for human

Adjective and Noun

Middle English humain, from Anglo-French, from Latin humanus; akin to Latin homo human being — more at homage

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human

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or affecting people
: typical of people
: having good or bad qualities that people usually have

human

noun

English Language Learners Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person

human

adjective
hu·​man | \ ˈhyü-mən , ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, being, or characteristic of people as distinct from animals the human body
2 : having the form or characteristics of people The expression on the dog's face was almost human.

human

noun

Kids Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from human

humanlike \ ˈhyü-​mən-​ˌlīk , ˈyü-​ \ adjective

human

adjective
hu·​man | \ ˈhyü-mən , ˈyü- \

Medical Definition of human

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of humans the human body human biochemistry
b : primarily or usually harbored by, affecting, or attacking humans human diseases human parasites
2 : being or consisting of humans the human race
3 : consisting of members of the family Hominidae : hominid

Other Words from human

humanness \ -​mən-​nəs \ noun

human

noun

Medical Definition of human (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bipedal primate mammal of the genus Homo (H. sapiens) : man broadly : hominid

Other Words from human

humanlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

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