humanize

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Etymology[edit]

human +‎ -ize

Verb[edit]

humanize (third-person singular simple present humanizes, present participle humanizing, simple past and past participle humanized)

  1. To make human, to give or cause to have the fundamental properties of a human.
    • Addison
      Was it the business of magic to humanize our natures with compassion?
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 5, The China Governess[1]:
      A waiter brought his aperitif, which was a small scotch and soda, and as he sipped it gratefully he sighed.
         ‘Civilized,’ he said to Mr. Campion. ‘Humanizing.’ […] ‘Cigars and summer days and women in big hats with swansdown face-powder, that's what it reminds me of.’
  2. (medicine) To convert into something human or belonging to humans.
    to humanize vaccine lymph
    humanized monoclonal antibodies

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