human being

noun
any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage (Freq. 21)
Syn: ↑homo, ↑man, ↑human
Derivationally related forms: ↑human (for: ↑human)
Members of this Topic:
Hypernyms: ↑hominid
Hyponyms:
Member Holonyms: ↑genus Homo
Part Meronyms:
loin, ↑lumbus, ↑human body, ↑physical body, ↑material body, ↑soma, ↑build, ↑figure, ↑physique, ↑anatomy, ↑shape, ↑bod, ↑chassis, ↑frame, ↑form, ↑flesh, ↑body hair, ↑mane, ↑head of hair, ↑human head, ↑foot, ↑human foot, ↑pes, ↑arm, ↑hand, ↑manus, ↑mitt, ↑paw, ↑face, ↑human face

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noun, pl ⋯ beings [count]

She's a very warm and generous human being.

We should do more to help our fellow human beings.

The drug has not yet been tested on human beings.

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human [human humans] adjective, noun [ˈhjuːmən] [ˈhjuːmən]
1. only before noun of or connected with people rather than animals, machines or gods

the

human body/brain

human anatomy/activity/behaviour/experience

a terrible loss of

human life

Contact with other people is a basic

human need

.

This food is not fit for

human consumption

.

human geography (= the study of the way different people live around the world)

The hostages were used as a

human shield (= a person or group of people that is forced to stay in a particular place where they would be hurt or killed if their country attacked it)

.

Firefighters formed a

human chain (= a line of people)

to carry the children to safety.

Human remains (= the body of a dead person)

were found inside the house.

2. showing the weaknesses that are typical of people, which means that other people should not criticize the person too much

human weaknesses/failings

We must allow for

human error

.

It's only human

to want the best for your children.

3. having the same feelings and emotions as most ordinary people

He's really very human when you get to know him.

The public is always attracted to politicians who have

the human touch (= the ability to make ordinary people feel relaxed when they meet them)

.

more at the milk of human kindness at milk n.
 
Word Origin:
late Middle English humaine, from Old French humain(e), from Latin humanus, from homo ‘man, human being’. The present spelling became usual in the 18th cent.; compare with humane.  
Example Bank:

Firefighters formed a human chain to carry the children to safety.

The hostages were used as a human shield.

This food is not fit for human consumption.

a terrible loss of human life

human geography

the human body/brain

Idioms: ↑human face of … with a human face
 
noun (also ˌhuman ˈbeing)
a person rather than an animal or a machine

Dogs can hear much better than humans.

That is no way to treat another human being.

 
Word Origin:
late Middle English humaine, from Old French humain(e), from Latin humanus, from homo ‘man, human being’. The present spelling became usual in the 18th cent.; compare with humane.  
Thesaurus:

Dogs can hear much better than humans.

human beingpersonindividual|humorous mortal
a/an average/normal/ordinary human/human being/person/individual/mortal
an intelligent human/human being/person
a rational human being/person/individual
Human or human being? Human often refers to the biological characteristics of people compared with animals or machines. It can also refer to the different stages in the development of the human race; human being is often used to talk about sb's ability to think, feel and be social

early/primitive/modern humans

She was not behaving like a rational human being.
 
Example Bank:

Can the disease be passed from birds to humans?

More work is needed on the interface between humans and machines.

Most animals will avoid contact with humans unless cornered.

 

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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