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anthropomorphize

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fahyz]
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verb (used with or without object), an·thro·po·mor·phized, an·thro·po·mor·phiz·ing.
  1. to ascribe human form or attributes to (an animal, plant, material object, etc.).
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Also especially British, an·thro·po·mor·phise.

Origin of anthropomorphize

First recorded in 1835–45; anthropomorph(ic) + -ize
Related formsan·thro·po·mor·phi·za·tion, noun
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anthropomorphize

anthropomorphise

verb
  1. to attribute or ascribe human form or behaviour to (a god, animal, object, etc)
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphize

v.

1834; see anthropomorphic + -ize. Related: Anthropomorphized; anthopomorphizing.

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