humanize

[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·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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Related Words for humanize

civilize, tame, teach, cultivate, refine, temper

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British Dictionary definitions for humanize

humanize

humanise

verb

to make or become human
to make or become humane
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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