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
- 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.
- intransitive v. To become or be made more humane; to become civilized; to be ameliorated.
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
human + -ize (Wiktionary)