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anthropomorphize

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

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Also especially British, an·thro·po·mor·phise .

Origin of anthropomorphize

First recorded in 1835–45; anthropomorph(ic) + -ize
an·thro·po·mor·phi·za·tion, noun
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  • Even when you worship a beast or a stone, you practically anthropomorphize it.

British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphize

anthropomorphize

anthropomorphise

/ (ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfaɪz) /

verb

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