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hu·man·ize

 (hyo͞o′mə-nīz′)
tr.v. hu·man·ized, hu·man·iz·ing, hu·man·iz·es
1. To portray or endow with human characteristics or attributes; make human: humanized the puppets with great skill.
2. To imbue with humaneness or human kindness; civilize: acts of courtesy that humanize life in a big city.
3.
a. To modify (a nonhuman compound, cell, organ, or organism) such that some of its components are replaced with human forms of those components, usually by means of genetic engineering.
b. To replace most of the variable region of (a monoclonal antibody from a nonhuman source) with a human sequence of amino acids so that the resulting antibody is more compatible with the human immune system.

hu′man·i·za′tion (-mə-nĭ-zā′shən) n.
hu′man·iz′er n.
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We are breaking all humanizing ties, and making them brute beasts; and, if they get the upper hand, such we shall find them.
So much for the humanizing influence of THE DOMESTIC INSTITUTION
How humanizing to see the red lighting of the sky beyond the hill, and to hear far away the muffled roar that marks the life of a great city.
He exerted himself, during his sojourn among this simple and well-disposed people, to inculcate, as far as he was able, the gentle and humanizing precepts of the Christian faith, and to make them acquainted with the leading points of its history; and it speaks highly for the purity and benignity of his heart, that he derived unmixed happiness from the task.
The fair Volumnia, not quite unconscious perhaps of the humanizing influence of her charms, pauses in the writing of cocked-hat notes and meditatively adjusts the pearl necklace.
Gradually trade with the Continent, also, was reestablished and grew; but perhaps the most important humanizing influence was the reintroduction of Christianity.
Understanding why humanizing one's brand can help a bank build stronger customer relationships is important for banks of all sizes and regardless of how they may have ranked in any of the latest customer satisfaction surveys.
Companies and individuals have been humanizing themselves in the public eye for generations.
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And, as Howard Zinn teaches, grassroots, mass-based activism has had a greater effect on humanizing our society than electoral politics, as hard as that may be to accept in these dungeon days of George Bush.
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As you admit, the results of humanizing prefabricated construction may 'seem strange'.