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 Williams 2-5 To suggest human-interest story ideas and other news, reach Obert at richard.obert@arizonarepublic.com or 602-316-8827. Richard Obert, azcentral, "AIA playoff ratings: Hamilton, Sunrise Mountain, Catalina Foothills No. 1 boys hoops teams," 7 Jan. 2020 And how could human trials be conducted in the midst of an epidemic? Helen Branswell, STAT, "‘Against all odds’: The inside story of how scientists across three continents produced an Ebola vaccine," 7 Jan. 2020 Tech giants such as Google and Amazon.com Inc. are deploying artificial intelligence to ferret out fraud on their platforms, but some cybercriminals are outfoxing Silicon Valley with software that is getting better at mimicking human behavior. Parmy Olson, WSJ, "New Tactics Punch Holes in Big Tech’s Ad-Fraud Defenses," 7 Jan. 2020 The group concluded that the former may have , perhaps after branching off from an ancestor that only infected non-human animals. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Century-Old Lungs May Push Origin of Measles Back 1,500 Years," 6 Jan. 2020 While the human eye can distinguish between millions of colors, the Evo RWD wears its own shade, Giallo Belenus, along with matching leather and microsuede trim. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo, Now with 30 Percent More Oversteer," 4 Jan. 2020 In 2015, one of the leading startups predicted a hyperloop spanning about 60 miles would be ready for human transport by 2020. Mark Milian, Houston Chronicle, "Flying cars, hyperloops and the other 2020 tech predictions that didn’t pan out," 3 Jan. 2020 The percentage of children surviving past their first year improved during 2019, exceeding 97%, worldwide, for the first time in human history. Tom Campbell, Orange County Register, "Celebrating the good things that happened in 2019: Tom Campbell," 31 Dec. 2019 Given the human misery set into motion by Katrina, the harm these spills caused to the environment drew little attention. Joan Meiners, ProPublica, "How Oil Companies Avoided Environmental Accountability After 10.8 Million Gallons Spilled," 28 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ascend course promises adventure for patrons Roo Valley will be a two-tiered area that will include another experience for humans, as well: A ropes and climbing course. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Walk with a kangaroo without visiting Australia, thanks to new Cincinnati Zoo exhibit," 7 Jan. 2020 More of that recklessness would have given a better sense of her as a human being. Ruth Franklin, Harper's magazine, "Salka the Salonnière," 6 Jan. 2020 Going to the dogs The honor of ringing the opening or closing bell to the NYSE isn't only for humans. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Who's ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell might surprise you," 3 Jan. 2020 Humice’ are coming The dream of growing replacement organs for humans in other animals could get closer as researchers make strides in the ethically fraught technique. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "Watch Out for These Science Events in 2020," 30 Dec. 2019 Well, those were the most popular items for humans. David Goldman, CNN, "Amazon has its best holiday season ever," 26 Dec. 2019 But can a machine ever be trusted to decide whether to kill a human being? Tom Simonite, Wired, "When Robots Can Decide Whether You Live or Die," 20 Dec. 2019 Infection symptoms for humans, beyond diarrhea, include fever and stomach cramps two to five days after exposure, according to the CDC, which says most people recover in about a week without antibiotics. BostonGlobe.com, "Thirty people have reported infections as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says the outbreak seems to stem mostly from dogs purchased at pet shops. About 70 percent of those sickened who were interviewed reported contact with a pet store puppy.," 19 Dec. 2019 Sporamin is the main protein in sweet potato tubers, and is indigestible raw, which is why sweet potatoes must be cooked for humans to enjoy them. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Sweet potato can warn neighbors of insect attacks," 12 Dec. 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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The first known use of human was in the 15th century

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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Human.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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More Definitions for human

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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