anthropomorphize

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anthropomorphize (third-person singular simple present anthropomorphizes, present participle anthropomorphizing, simple past and past participle anthropomorphized)

  1. (transitive) To endow with human qualities.
  2. (transitive) To attribute human-like characteristics to (something that is non-human).
    • 2018 June 15, Emma Brockes, “No, Facebook, I won’t be back. I’ve seen the dangers of habitual sharing”, in The Guardian[1]:
      It has been two months since I last checked my feed, during which time Facebook has sent me notifications I didn't sign up for, informing me every time someone posts, and invited me to attend locally organised focus groups. [] Of course, I am anthropomorphising a machine; no one is in charge of all this.

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