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 or involving humans everyone held hands and made a human chain human interactions human spaceflight
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 How to pronounce human (audio) , ˈyü-​ \ noun

Noun

humanlike \ ˈhyü-​mən-​ˌlīk How to pronounce human (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 Stepping out from behind the proverbial desk to just be human can be as important as knowing how to grow a business or deliver a good product. April Mullen, Forbes, "Communicating Your Way To A Better 2021 (And Beyond)," 9 Apr. 2021 Terror strikes when a boy discovers a doll that appears to be eerily human. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Many of these modern human stories seem to have hit evolutionary dead ends. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some of Europe’s Oldest-Known Modern Humans Are Distantly Related to Native Americans," 7 Apr. 2021 And one of the greatest joys of being human is learning something new. Michael S. Hopkins, The Christian Science Monitor, "Raptor rapture: A Q&A with Jonathan Meiburg," 6 Apr. 2021 At the end of the day, people connect to real, human stories. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "31 Best LGBTQ+ Movies of All Time," 6 Apr. 2021 Which, man, there's so many layers to that decision, but being human is tough sometimes. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Jeffrey Dean Morgan was 'nervous as hell' how wife Hilarie Burton would do on The Walking Dead," 5 Apr. 2021 Alongside filmmakers Steven Soderbergh and Stacey Sher, Collins is creating a show that centers personal, human stories — with no Zoom allowed. Larisha Paul, Billboard, "Inside Executive Producer Jesse Collins Big Year, From the Super Bowl To the Oscars," 2 Apr. 2021 Acknowledge that Derrick and all influencers are human. Olivia F. Scott, Essence, "What The Derrick Jaxn Fallout Means To Black Women Who Supported Him," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Love and connection are the biggest pillars of being alive as a human on Earth. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Happily (N)ever After With Cristin Milioti," 5 Apr. 2021 The letter discusses how AI supercomputers can write software that no human can and how AI will facilitate trillions of computers running AI to create a new internet-of-things. Beth Kindig, Forbes, "Why The Nvidia-Arm Acquisition Should Be Approved," 12 Mar. 2021 No human can possibly go through the thousands of coronavirus genomes generated daily to look for hints of troublesome mutations. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "A Massive Global Hunt for Variants Is Under Way," 9 Mar. 2021 Unlike most planes, this one had no human on board. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Watch this Boeing fighter jet drone fly for the first time," 6 Mar. 2021 No human has set foot on the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "From Central Florida science teacher to the moon: Joe Acaba chosen as Artemis astronaut," 10 Dec. 2020 Our goal: an Ohio where no human is bought or sold. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "US Marshals Service rescues 45 missing children in largest human trafficking operation in Ohio history," 27 Oct. 2020 Again, left unsaid is that no human on the planet — including Vladimir Putin — did more to advance this deep-state narrative in a way that divided Americans and rendered our national security apparatus dysfunctional than Trump. Washington Post, "McMaster’s memoir is heavy on history, but light on Trump," 25 Sep. 2020 To build the Hedonometer, UVM computer scientist Chris Danforth had to teach a machine to understand the emotions behind those tweets — no human could possibly read them all. Dana Mackenzie, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Algorithms Discern Our Mood From What We Write Online," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Human.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for human

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 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 human (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 human (audio) \ adjective

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