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

mortal, natural

Synonyms: Noun

being, bird, body, character, creature, customer, devil, duck, egg, face, fish, guy, head, human being, individual, life, man, mortal, party, person, personage, scout, 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

But there's one thing that will always be important in health care and that's the human connection with patients. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Nursing legend Barbara Lumpkin dies at 81," 13 July 2018 For Randy and Catherine, this exercise in madness is so fundamentally human. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "At the Haverford YMCA, an obsessive lawyer sweats it out - over a miracle garden | Maria Panaritis," 12 July 2018 The Vos Thalassa, an Italian tug assisting an oil rig, rescued the migrants from a human traffickers’ boat on Sunday. Washington Post, "Rescued migrants questioned in Sicily about alleged threats," 13 July 2018 These smugglers are driven by human greed and heartlessness. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "ICE agents arrest 18 human smugglers, 117 illegal immigrants in Texas, New Mexico," 13 July 2018 Both Google and Amazon have filed patent applications for devices designed to listen for mood shifts and emotions in the human voice. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Accountability for the Algorithms," 13 July 2018 The result is a lot of human misery and lost moola. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burnout reflects a conflict between our inner calling and what we have to do," 13 July 2018 An exhibition drawn from the museum’s permanent collection brings together portraits, figure studies and anonymous snapshots for a keen show exploring the wildly expressive nature of the human face. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Each and Every Thing The Marsh Berkeley presents Dan Hoyle’s solo comedy about how the media and the digital experience impact human relationships. 8 p.m. Fridays and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 25. $25-$100. SFChronicle.com, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 15," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

They're considered one of the threats to humans on a potential mission to Mars: During the months-long journey through space, cosmic rays would damage the cells of astronauts and could cause radiation sickness. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 They're considered one of the threats to humans on a potential mission to Mars: During the months-long journey through space, cosmic rays would damage the cells of astronauts and could cause radiation sickness. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect 'ghost particles' from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Henipavirus is a genus that includes Nipah virus, a potentially fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans by bats through bites and contact with saliva or urine. New York Times, "Soccer Players and Their Coach Are on the Mend, Thailand Says," 11 July 2018 West Nile virus is transmitted to humans via a mosquito bite and can lead to serious illness, though most people infected have no symptoms, the BPHC said. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "Mosquito pond in Jamaica Plain tests positive for West Nile virus," 6 July 2018 Children from a species related to humans climbed trees more than their parents, researchers announced in study published Wednesday. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Ape-like toddlers climbed trees 3.3 million years ago, fossil suggests," 5 July 2018 Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County issues advisory for mosquito-borne disease," 3 July 2018 The bacteria are typically transmitted from animals to humans through animal excrement that has contaminated food or water. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak is finally over," 29 June 2018 Cities also provide exponentially more food and waste from humans. Aditi Shrikant, BostonGlobe.com, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 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

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

Noun

see human entry 1

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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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