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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. 2017.
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  • They could not have done so at their ease had the river not been humanized.

    Lectures on Landscape John Ruskin
  • Perhaps you won't understand when I say it's as if she had humanized it.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • Or if you are a poet, you may have a similar experience and reproduce it, humanized, in a poem.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • The moral doctrine of Greek tragedy has not been changed, but humanized.

  • Rugged and superstitious at first, it is next harmonized and humanized, and ends at last in being merely artistic.

  • He longed for his old friend to be humanized and steadied by some deep romance.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • Ideal office assistants try to make themselves into humanized machines.

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock
British Dictionary definitions for humanized


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 humanized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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