anthropomorphize

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fahyz]
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.).
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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Contemporary Examples of anthropomorphize

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British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphize

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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