Definitions for humanˈhyu mən or, often, ˈyu-; ˈyu mən; yudʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hu•man*ˈhyu mən or, often, ˈyu-; ˈyu mən; yudʒ(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people:

    human frailty.

  2. consisting of people:

    the human race.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Anthropology

  3. of or pertaining to the social aspect of people:

    human affairs.

  4. sympathetic; humane:

    a warmly human understanding.

  5. (n.)a human being.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Anthropology

* Pron: Although they are sometimes criticized, pronunciations of words like human and huge asandwith the initial (h) deleted, are heard from speakers at all social and educational levels.

Origin of human:

1350–1400; earlier humain(e), humayn(e), ME < MF humain < L hūmānus, akin to homō human being (cf. Homo ); sp. human predominant from early 18th cent.

hu′man•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. homo, man, human being, human(adj)

    any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

  2. human(adj)

    characteristic of humanity

    "human nature"

  3. human(adj)

    relating to a person

    "the experiment was conducted on 6 monkeys and 2 human subjects"

  4. human(adj)

    having human form or attributes as opposed to those of animals or divine beings

    "human beings"; "the human body"; "human kindness"; "human frailty"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. human(adjective)ˈhyu mən or, often, ˈyu-

    relating to humans

    human intelligence; the human body

  2. humanˈhyu mən or, often, ˈyu-

    behaving as humans naturally do

    Don't worry, you're only human. Everyone makes mistakes.

Wiktionary

  1. human(Noun)

    A human being, whether man, woman or child.

  2. human(Adjective)

    Of or belonging to the species Homo sapiens or its closest relatives.

  3. human(Adjective)

    Having the nature or attributes of a human being.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Human(adj)

    belonging to man or mankind; having the qualities or attributes of a man; of or pertaining to man or to the race of man; as, a human voice; human shape; human nature; human sacrifices

  2. Human(noun)

    a human being

Freebase

  1. Human

    Humans are primates of the family Hominidae, and the only extant species of the genus Homo. Humans are distinguished from other animals by a relatively larger brain with a particularly well developed neocortex, prefrontal cortex and temporal lobes; enabling high levels of abstract reasoning, language, introspection, problem solving, culture through social learning, and other important mental capabilities which, combined with bipedal locomotion that frees the hands for manipulating objects, has allowed far greater use of tools than any other species. Humans are the only extant species known to build fires and cook their food, as well as the only known species to clothe themselves and create and use numerous other technologies and arts. The scientific study of humans is the discipline of anthropology. Humans are uniquely adept at utilizing systems of symbolic communication such as language and art for self-expression, the exchange of ideas, and organization. Humans create complex social structures composed of many cooperating and competing groups, from families and kinship networks to states. Social interactions between humans have established an extremely wide variety of values, social norms, and rituals, which together form the basis of human society. Humans are noted for their desire to understand and influence their environment, seeking to explain and manipulate phenomena through science, philosophy, mythology, and religion.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'human' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #482

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'human' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1364

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'human' in Nouns Frequency: #1315

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'human' in Adjectives Frequency: #56


Translations for human

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

human(adjective)

of, natural to, concerning, or belonging to, mankind

human nature; The dog was so clever that he seemed almost human.

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