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

transitive verb

: to attribute human form or personality to

intransitive verb

: to attribute human form or personality to things not human
anthropomorphization noun

Examples of anthropomorphize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People who are uncertain about their human attachments can form extra strong attachments with comforting objects, sometimes anthropomorphizing them in the process. Britt Peterson, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2023 But all of these descriptors stem from our all-too-human tendency to anthropomorphize the actions of machines, according to Suresh Venkatasubramanian, a professor at Brown University who helped co-author the White House’s Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights. Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 29 Aug. 2023 Which may sound like damning with faint praise, but is really just proof that the human brain can adapt to anything and will take any oppor-tuna-ty to anthropomorphize the face of a new automobile. Sam Smith, Car and Driver, 25 July 2023 The still lifes anthropomorphized the fruit, putting them in picture-perfect situations, like two pears watching the sunset. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2023 Please be aware that there is an ongoing and dangerous tendency these days to anthropomorphize AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 July 2022 But since such disclaimers could ruin the illusion that speaking to an A.I. bot is just like conversing with a friend, tech companies may have little commercial incentive to dissuade users from anthropomorphizing the chatbots. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2023 Part of the issue is our tendency to anthropomorphize computers and especially AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 Blaring news headlines often make use of catchphrases that tend to anthropomorphize the pattern-matching of generative AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of anthropomorphize was in 1825

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“Anthropomorphize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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