human

adjective
hu·​man | \ ˈhyü-mən How to pronounce human (audio) , 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 plurala 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 How to pronounce humanness (audio) , ˈyü-​ \ noun

Noun

humanlike \ ˈhyü-​mən-​ˌlīk How to pronounce humanlike (audio) , ˈyü-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for human

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Lady Gaga is only human—and that means she, too, is subject to falling ill during cold and flu season. Leah Groth, Health.com, "Lady Gaga Just Cancelled Her Las Vegas Show Because of Bronchitis and a Sinus Infection," 7 Nov. 2019 The bacteria Yersinia pestis, which causes the plague, is thought to be responsible for up to 200 million deaths across human history — more than twice the casualties of World War II. Bridget Alex, The Conversation, "Plague was around for millennia before epidemics took hold – and the way people lived might be what protected them," 7 Nov. 2019 There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways -- but @GretaThunberg has become a leader of our time. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Leonardo DiCaprio praises Greta Thunberg as a 'leader of our time'," 2 Nov. 2019 For most of human history, food and medicine have been closely related. The Economist, "What’s so super about super foods?," 1 Nov. 2019 There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but @GretaThunberg has become a leader of our time. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Leonardo DiCaprio Praises Greta Thunberg as a 'Leader of Our Time' After They Meet," 1 Nov. 2019 Over the course of human history, war has spread from land to sea, and in the 20th century spread to the air. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "NATO Is Preparing for War in Space," 30 Oct. 2019 There were other movies in 1980 that were so achingly human. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Star Wars rewatch: The Empire Strikes Back is the special effects movie that hates special effects," 30 Oct. 2019 Technology and science are converging in ways that will bring discoveries to clinics-—and into our homes—at the most rapid pace in human history. Angelina Jolie, Time, "Angelina Jolie: Medical Advances in Women's Health Are Important. But They're Only Part of the Picture," 24 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The plot is based on a future world in which humans can't see, until children are born with sight. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple’s Big Week Includes Start iPhone 11 Pre-Orders," 14 Sep. 2019 The people that make that final-cut team are the best humans and the best teammates. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Lacrosse: Gerstell’s Emily Messinese looking to be part of sport’s ‘next generation’," 24 Aug. 2019 Alexander the Great, Braudy explains, sought fame like that of the Greek god Achilles—a tall order for a human, given that Achilles enjoyed near-invincibility and had seabirds as servants. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Elusive Price—and Prize—of Fame on the Internet," 20 Aug. 2019 Recently there was this debate on medicine: AI can read scans with just 1% risk of mistake, and in humans, that risk is 30%. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "“Ola’s Bhavish Aggarwal, and not Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, is the Indian techie’s new role model”," 11 Aug. 2019 The canine unit includes area dogs, trailing dogs and human remains detectors. Ramona Sentinel, "Community groups spread goodwill at Night Out Against Crime," 10 Aug. 2019 By a two-to-one margin, when the job was someone else's, the participants preferred to see the replacement be another human. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "People don’t want to see workers replaced by a robot—themselves excepted," 7 Aug. 2019 Ethics aside, these animals are often born in captivity, habituated towards humans, and perhaps most importantly, regularly fed. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why People Keep Trying to Pet Animals at National Parks," 7 Aug. 2019 The conversation and focus should be on the value a human being puts to her own life. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "India’s road safety should be paved with behavioural change, not heavy fines," 12 Sep. 2019

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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
How to pronounce human (audio)

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 How to pronounce human (audio) , 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 How to pronounce human (audio) , ˈyü- How to pronounce human (audio) \

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 How to pronounce humanness (audio) \ 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 How to pronounce humanlike (audio) \ adjective

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