humanize

[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for humanize

humanize

humanise

/ (ˈhjuːməˌnaɪz) /

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

humanize


v.

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

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