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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: humain, from Latin humanus

human

1 adjective
     
hu‧man1 W1
1 belonging to or relating to people, especially as opposed to machines or animalsCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
the human body the human brain/mind the human spirit the human eye (=used especially when talking about how difficult something is to see) human behaviour/activity/relationships human experience human life human society human error for human consumption (=to be eaten by people)
There are many different cell types in the human body .
the power of the human mind
The desire for joy lies deep within the human spirit.
Infra-red light is invisible to the human eye.
different areas of human experience
respect for the absolute value of human life
The accident was the result of human error.
The meat was declared unfit for human consumption.
2 human weaknesses, emotions etc are those which are typical of people:
He was also a person with very obvious human failings.
3

somebody is only human

used to say that someone should not be blamed for what they have done
4 having the same feelings and emotions as ordinary people:
He's really not so bad. When you get to know him he seems quite human.
5

a/the human touch

someone, especially someone in authority, who has the human touch deals with people in a kind friendly way and is able to understand their feelings and problems:
The President has been accused of lacking the human touch.
6

human interest

a quality that makes a story interesting because it is about people's feelings, lives, relationships etc
7

the human condition

the experiences, emotions, needs etc that all people share, especially considered as a situation from which it is impossible to escape
8

human chain

a line of people:
Firefighters formed a human chain to carry the brothers to safety.
9

put a human face on something

also give something a human face to make an important event or principle understandable to ordinary people by directing their attention to the way it affects a particular person:
Anne Frank was the girl whose diary put a human face on the Holocaust.
10

capitalism/communism/socialism etc with a human face

a capitalist etc economic and political system that does not ignore people's needs

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