[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

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··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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humanization

Contemporary Examples of humanization

  • I fight every day to foster dialogue, understanding and the humanization of all faiths whatever their past positions.

  • The marketing folks of the pet industry, in fact, use the term “humanization” to explain their good fortune.

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    Dogs—So Like Us

    Michael Schaffer

    March 31, 2009

Historical Examples of humanization

  • The humanization of God only belittled his infinite and illimitable nature.

  • The deep-lying reason is the fact that the humanization of Evil into Devil mitigates Evil and improves the world.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

  • But indispensable were they in the world's humanization and civilization: that is enough to say of them.

  • Truth counts for more in the long run, and, especially in Nature study, may be made quite as interesting as "humanization."

  • Through sexuality humans project their natural condition and the many influences, language included, leading to its humanization.

British Dictionary definitions for humanization




to make or become human
to make or become humane
Derived Formshumanization or humanisation, nounhumanizer or humaniser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for humanization



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper