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human

adjective uk   /ˈhjuː.mən/ us  
B1 of or typical of people: The human body is composed of about 60 percent water. Early human remains were found in the Dordogne region of France. Victory in the war was achieved at the cost of great human suffering. The inspector declared the meat fit for human consumption (= in good enough condition for people to eat). Of course I make mistakes, I'm only human (= I am not perfect). The fault was due to human error (= a person making a mistake).
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human

noun [C] uk   /ˈhjuː.mən/ ( also human being) us  
B1 a man, woman, or child: The greatest damage being done to our planet today is that being done by humans.
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Translations of “human”
in Korean 인간의…
in Arabic بَشَري…
in French humain…
in Turkish insanî, insana ait/özgü…
in Italian umano…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人的, 人類的…
in Russian человеческий…
in Polish ludzki…
in Spanish humano…
in Portuguese humano…
in German menschlich…
in Catalan humà…
in Japanese 人間の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人的, 人类的…
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