[hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, yoo-]
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
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.
First recorded in 1595–1605; human
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for humanise
Historical Examples of humanise
This law of evolution we cannot overthrow, we can only humanise its action.
You are a young man that I should like to put in the witness-box, to humanise the minds of the legal profession.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for humanise
Derived Formshumanization or humanisation, nounhumanizer or humaniser, noun
- to make or become human
- to make or become humane
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Word Origin and History for humanise
c.1600, from human + -ize. Related: Humanized; humanizing.
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