hu·​man·​ize | \ ˈhyü-mə-ˌnīz How to pronounce humanize (audio) , ˈyü- \
humanized; humanizing

Definition of humanize

transitive verb

1a : to represent as human : attribute human qualities to
b : to adapt to human nature or use
2 : to make humane

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Other Words from humanize

humanization \ ˌhyü-​mə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce humanization (audio) , ˌyü-​ \ noun
humanizer noun

Examples of humanize in a Sentence

The new publicity has helped to humanize the corporation's image. They promised to humanize conditions at the company.
Recent Examples on the Web Whether or not these aliens remain shallow blobs, though, remains to be seen because Legends loves to humanize its villains. Chancellor Agard,, "Legends of Tomorrow boss reveals how season 6 will handle aliens: 'B-movie creature feature element'," 17 June 2020 No need to glorify or be overwrought, but just to humanize people who are arrested. cleveland, "Is identifying the Cleveland looters from May 30th the best use of police resources? Thoughts from the subscribers," 14 June 2020 The attempt to humanize its intensive care units comes as Spain has eased restrictions amid declining cases of the novel coronavirus. Fox News, "Doctors in Spain provide beach trip for recovering coronavirus patients, report says," 4 June 2020 Sitting with the work of these artists, both from America and overseas, felt like a humanizing way to break from the overly familiar. Longreads, "Funk Lessons in Sonic Solitude," 27 Apr. 2020 Just like on game shows, candidates are not supposed to question or interrupt each other, and specific moments are intended to humanize and personalize the candidates. Michael J. Socolow, Quartz, "Why US presidential debates are designed to be boring," 19 Dec. 2019 So being able to normalize and humanize us as modern indigenous people is important. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, "'Molly of Denali' Gives Native Kids a New Cartoon Hero," 27 Sep. 2019 Upon the universal themes of love, rejection, adultery and Star-Is-Born fame, Joe DiPietro (book & lyrics) and David Bryan (music & lyrics) strike a tuneful, breezy tone that humanizes The Royals -- just not too deeply. Deborah Wilker, Billboard, "Princess Diana Musical 'Diana' Humanizes Royal Family: Review," 11 Apr. 2019 Discovery's incarnation of Spock is probably the most humanized to date, best characterized by his difficult relationship with his estranged adoptive sister Michael—a key thematic arc for the season. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Actor Ethan Peck talks taking on iconic role of Spock for Star Trek: Discovery S2," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of humanize

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Humanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of humanize

: to make (someone or something) seem gentler, kinder, or more appealing to people
variants: also British humanise \ ˈhyü-​mə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce humanise (audio) , ˈyü-​ How to pronounce humanise (audio) \
humanized also British humanised; humanizing also British humanising

Medical Definition of humanize

: to render (cow's milk) suitable for consumption by human babies

Other Words from humanize

humanization also British humanisation \ ˌhyü-​mə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce humanisation (audio) , ˌyü-​ How to pronounce humanisation (audio) \ noun

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