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Meaning of HUMANIZE

Pronunciation:  'hyoomu`nIz

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  make more humane; "The mayor tried to humanize life in the big city"

HUMANIZE is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: humanise
 Antonyms: dehumanise, dehumanize
 See Also: alter, change



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hu"man*ize\, v. i.
    To become or be made more humane; to become civilized; to be
          By the original law of nations, war and extirpation
          were the punishment of injury. Humanizing by degrees,
          it admitted slavery instead of death; a further step
          was the exchange of prisoners instead of slavery.
  2. \Hu"man*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Humanized}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Humanizing}.] [Cf. F. humaniser.]
    1. To render human or humane; to soften; to make gentle by
       overcoming cruel dispositions and rude habits; to refine
       or civilize.
             Was it the business of magic to humanize our natures
             with compassion?                      --Addison.
    2. To give a human character or expression to. ``Humanized
       divinities.'' --Caird.
    3. (Med.) To convert into something human or belonging to
       man; as, to humanize vaccine lymph.