Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To portray or endow with human characteristics or attributes; make human: humanized the puppets with great skill.
  • transitive v. To imbue with humaneness or human kindness; civilize: acts of courtesy that humanize life in a big city.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make human, to give or cause to have the fundamental properties of a human.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become or be made more humane; to become civilized; to be ameliorated.
  • transitive v. To render human or humane; to soften; to make gentle by overcoming cruel dispositions and rude habits; to refine or civilize.
  • transitive v. To give a human character or expression to.
  • transitive v. To convert into something human or belonging to man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make human; give or attribute a human character to; render conformable to human nature or requirements.
  • To render humane or gentle; make susceptible or agreeable to human feeling; refine or soften the human character of; civilize.
  • To become human or humane; become civilized.
  • Also spelled humanise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make more humane

Etymologies

human +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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