[ an-thruh-puh-mawr-fahyz ]
/ ˌæn θrə pəˈmɔr faɪz /

verb (used with or without object), an·thro·po·mor·phized, an·thro·po·mor·phiz·ing.

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 forms

an·thro·po·mor·phi·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anthropomorphize

  • The same tendency to anthropomorphize helps sell everything from doggie sweaters to… catered birthday bashes.

    Man's Only Friend|Michael Schaffer|March 31, 2009|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphize



/ (ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfaɪz) /


to attribute or ascribe human form or behaviour to (a god, animal, object, etc)

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