put a human face on

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put a human face on

:to make (something) more appealing, easier to understand, or easier to care about by connecting it to an actual person
  • The author puts a human face on the disease by interviewing people who have it.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

human play
  1. : of, relating to, or characteristic of humans (see 2human)

  2. : consisting of humans

  3. : having human form or attributes

  1. : a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens) : a person : man

face play
  1. : the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes

  2. : the face as a means of identification : countenance

  3. : presence, sight

  1. : to confront impudently

  2. : to line near the edge especially with a different material

  3. : to cover the front or surface of


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