anthropomorphize

verb
an·​thro·​po·​mor·​phize | \ ˌan(t)-thrə-pə-ˈmȯr-ˌfīz How to pronounce anthropomorphize (audio) \
anthropomorphized; anthropomorphizing

Definition of anthropomorphize

transitive verb

: to attribute human form or personality to

intransitive verb

: to attribute human form or personality to things not human

Other Words from anthropomorphize

anthropomorphization \ ˌan(t)-​thrə-​pə-​ˌmȯr-​fə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce anthropomorphize (audio) \ noun

Examples of anthropomorphize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our sappy human brains and their tendency to anthropomorphize inanimate objects kicked in. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 27 Aug. 2021 Please be aware that there is an ongoing and dangerous tendency these days to anthropomorphize AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Please be aware that there is an ongoing and dangerous tendency these days to anthropomorphize AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Please be aware that there is an ongoing and dangerous tendency these days to anthropomorphize AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Most Western scientists had been drilled to never anthropomorphize animals. Maciek Pożoga, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2021 Please be aware that there is an ongoing and dangerous tendency these days to anthropomorphize AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 June 2021 Despite our inclination to anthropomorphize computers (who can forget R2-D2 and C-3PO?), computer algorithms do not have sentiment, feelings, or passions. Gary Smith, Quartz, 4 June 2021 Channeling her lifelong enchantment with animals, Heffernan stages unique situations to anthropomorphize these creatures in playful, sometimes political, often histrionic, narratives. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 29 May 2021

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First Known Use of anthropomorphize

1825, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for anthropomorphize

anthropomorph(ic) or anthropomorph(ism) + -ize

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“Anthropomorphize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anthropomorphize. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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