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Definition of humanize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

humanize

 verb
(British English also -ise) verb
BrE BrE//ˈhjuːmənaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhjuːmənaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they humanize
BrE BrE//ˈhjuːmənaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhjuːmənaɪz//
 
he / she / it humanizes
BrE BrE//ˈhjuːmənaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhjuːmənaɪzɪz//
 
past simple humanized
BrE BrE//ˈhjuːmənaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhjuːmənaɪzd//
 
past participle humanized
BrE BrE//ˈhjuːmənaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhjuːmənaɪzd//
 
-ing form humanizing
BrE BrE//ˈhjuːmənaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhjuːmənaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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humanize something to make something more pleasant or suitable for people; to make something more humane These measures are intended to humanize the prison system. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French humaniser, from Latin humanus, from homo ‘man, human being’.
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