[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

Related Words for humanized

civilize, tame, teach, cultivate, refine, temper

Examples from the Web for humanized

Contemporary Examples of humanized

Historical Examples of humanized

  • But as he saw how eager I was to feel his view and become enthused, by degrees he humanized it all.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Perhaps you won't understand when I say it's as if she had humanized it.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • They could not have done so at their ease had the river not been humanized.

  • Alcamenes represented him as a sort of humanized Zeus or Jupiter.

  • The sea is humanized and redeemed somewhat by the presence of these workers.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

British Dictionary definitions for humanized




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 humanized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper