[ hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, yoo- ]
/ ˈhyu məˌnaɪz or, often, ˈyu- /

verb (used with object), hu·man·ized, hu·man·iz·ing.

to make humane, kind, or gentle.
to make human.

verb (used without object), hu·man·ized, hu·man·iz·ing.

to become human or humane.
Also especially British, hu·man·ise.

Origin of humanize

First recorded in 1595–1605; human + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM humanize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for humanise



/ (ˈhjuːməˌnaɪz) /


to make or become human
to make or become humane

Derived forms of humanize

humanization or humanisation, nounhumanizer or humaniser, noun
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