see also: Human
  • (British) IPA: /ˈ(h)juː.mən/, [ˈ(ç)ju̟ːmən], [ˈ(ç)ju̟ːmn̩]
  • (America) enPR (h)yo͞oʹmən, IPA: /ˈ(h)ju.mən/, [ˈ(ç)ju̟mən], [ˈ(ç)ju̟mn̩]
    • (New York, some other US dialects) IPA: /ˈju.mən/
  • (InE) IPA: /ˈhjuː.mən/


  1. (notcomp) Of or belonging to the species Homo sapiens or its closest relatives.
  2. (comparable) Having the nature or attributes of a human being.
    To err is human; to forgive, divine.
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human (plural humans)

  1. A human being, whether man, woman or child.
    Humans share common ancestors with other apes.
    Synonyms: human being, man, Thesaurus:person

human (humans, present participle humaning; past and past participle humaned)

  1. (rare) To behave as or become, or to cause to behave as or become, a human.
    • 2013, Biosocial Becomings ISBN 110702563X, page 19:
      There are, then, many ways of humaning: these are the ways along which we make ourselves and, collaboratively, one another.
    • 1911, The collected works of Ambrose Bierce, volume 9, page 362:
      […] he sought to charm a single pair of ears, and those more hairy than critical. Later, as the race went on humaning, there grew complexity of sentiment and varying emotional needs, […]

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. (humorous) The language supposedly spoken by humans

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