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 That process could factor in a number of different human body measurements, including weight, limb lengths, breadths and body mass index. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "The US Air Force is removing height restrictions for pilots, which will allow more women to serve," 25 May 2020 Lamar Jackson was a human highlight reel throughout the regular season. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Joe Burrow, AJ Green and other burning questions out of the NFL's AFC North in 2020," 25 May 2020 The idea of using mRNA to ask the human body to read the instructions and manufacture the viral proteins is not new. Sanjay Mishra, The Conversation, "What the phase 1 trials of the first COVID-19 vaccine really mean," 21 May 2020 Here is a look at how the COVID-19 virus propagates in the human body, and how the drug puts the brakes on that process. Emily Barone, Time, "How Remdesivir Works to Fight COVID-19 Inside the Body," 21 May 2020 Eventually, the wizard gets even more creative, and telekinetically lifts them all off the ground to form a gigantic floating sphere of human bodies. Christian Holub, EW.com, "How Netflix's Castlevania anime crafted its bloodiest, scariest, most mind-blowing season yet," 9 May 2020 For many patients with severe COVID-19, the greatest threat to survival isn’t the coronavirus itself, but the deadly forces that the human body rouses to fight it. National Geographic, "A one-two punch to fight COVID-19," 7 May 2020 The new machine buys crucial time by mimicking key features of the human body. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Machine That Keeps Livers Alive for a Week Can Repair Damaged Organs," 6 May 2020 But no evidence that this will work in the human body, or even on viruses at all, has been made public. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How Cedars-Sinai got sucked into the battle over Trump’s claim of a COVID-19 treatment," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Squares represent titles consumers are in the midst of watching or have flagged for later; landscape rectangles indicate individual episodes of a TV series; circles represent content curated by HBO Max's human editorial team. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Inside HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s multibillion-dollar bet on its streaming future," 27 May 2020 Much changed after humans last flew to space from the nation. Irene Klotz, Scientific American, "Back in Business: NASA Is Set to Return to Human Spaceflight with Historic SpaceX Launch," 27 May 2020 Stephanie Dalton Cowan Before the coronavirus, investigating how humans perceive time was mostly the work of psychologists. New York Times, "A Pulse-Slowing Playlist for an Unmoored Time," 26 May 2020 During the Vietnam war, the country was subjected to the most intense bombing campaign in history, at massive human and economic cost. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo on how economies can rebound," 26 May 2020 The sea creature from his childhood saves his life and decides to leave as a human to be with Allen, hilarity, and mayhem ensues. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Watch Josh Gad reunite Splash cast including Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, more," 26 May 2020 The upcoming test flight represents the last major milestone for SpaceX in demonstrating that the capsule can safely transport human passengers to and from the orbiting lab. NBC News, "SpaceX's launch heralds a new era of human spaceflight," 26 May 2020 There have been no conflicts at all with animals or humans. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Are coyote sightings in the West Shore area increasing and are the animals dangerous?," 25 May 2020 As the world adapts to a future in which cleanliness is king, people and companies may increasingly turn to robots to perform tasks previously reserved for humans, experts and technologists said. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "In a post-coronavirus world, robots may rejigger work as much as they replace it," 24 May 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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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Human.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human. Accessed 7 Jun. 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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