humanize

[hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, yoo-]
verb (used without object), hu·man·ized, hu·man·iz·ing.
  1. to become human or humane.
Also especially British, hu·man·ise.

Origin of humanize

First recorded in 1595–1605; human + -ize
Related formshu·man·i·za·tion, nounhu·man·iz·er, nounnon·hu·man·ized, adjectiveo·ver·hu·man·ize, verb, o·ver·hu·man·ized, o·ver·hu·man·iz·ing.re·hu·man·i·za·tion, nounre·hu·man·ize, verb, re·hu·man·ized, re·hu·man·iz·ing.sem·i·hu·man·ized, adjectivesu·per·hu·man·ize, verb (used with object), su·per·hu·man·ized, su·per·hu·man·iz·ing.un·hu·man·ize, verb (used with object), un·hu·man·ized, un·hu·man·iz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for humanise

Historical Examples of humanise

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for humanise

humanize

humanise

verb
  1. to make or become human
  2. to make or become humane
Derived Formshumanization or humanisation, nounhumanizer or humaniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for humanise

humanize

v.

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

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