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humanize

[hyoo-muh-nahyz or, often, yoo-]
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verb (used with object), hu·man·ized, hu·man·iz·ing.
  1. to make humane, kind, or gentle.
  2. to make human.
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verb (used without object), hu·man·ized, hu·man·iz·ing.
  1. to become human or humane.
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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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humanize

humanise

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

v.

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

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