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[hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu məˌnaɪz or, often, ˈyu-/
verb (used with object), humanized, humanizing.
to make humane, kind, or gentle.
to make human.
verb (used without object), humanized, humanizing.
to become human or humane.
Also, especially British, humanise.
Origin of humanize
First recorded in 1595-1605; human + -ize
Related forms
humanization, noun
humanizer, noun
nonhumanized, adjective
overhumanize, verb, overhumanized, overhumanizing.
rehumanization, noun
rehumanize, verb, rehumanized, rehumanizing.
semihumanized, adjective
superhumanize, verb (used with object), superhumanized, superhumanizing.
unhumanize, verb (used with object), unhumanized, unhumanizing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for humanise
Historical Examples
  • This law of evolution we cannot overthrow, we can only humanise its action.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker
  • You are a young man that I should like to put in the witness-box, to humanise the minds of the legal profession.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • One quality he had, which perhaps contributed to soften and humanise his nature—he was a devoted admirer of the gentler sex.

  • It has been claimed by a recent critic that Fichte was the first modern philosopher to humanise morals.

  • Let her alone; she is doing more in a few minutes to humanise these men than you or I could achieve in a year.

    The Pirate Island Harry Collingwood
  • The Panthon is a vast and dreary building, sadly in need of a little music and incense to humanise it.

    A Wanderer in Paris

    E. V. Lucas
  • It would still be advisable to "humanise the governors of prisons, to civilise the warders, and to Christianise the Chaplains."

  • Patrons of all the arts that humanise mankind—under your protection I place humanity herself!

    The Glory of English Prose Stephen Coleridge
  • It is almost metaphysical music; pure ideas take visible form, humanise themselves in a new kind of ecstasy.

    Plays, Acting and Music Arthur Symons
  • One such truth-teller is worth all the moralists and preachers who ever laboured to humanise mankind.

British Dictionary definitions for humanise


to make or become human
to make or become humane
Derived Forms
humanization, humanisation, noun
humanizer, humaniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for humanise



c.1600, from human + -ize. Related: Humanized; humanizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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