Meaning of “human” in the English Dictionary

"human" in British English

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humanadjective

uk /ˈhjuː.mən/ us /ˈhjuː.mən/

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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  • The Red Cross's primary concern is to preserve and protect human life.
  • The reason for the disaster was engine failure, not human error.
  • The war will cause widespread human suffering.
  • Building at the site was halted after human remains were discovered earlier this month.
  • The human ear cannot hear very high-frequency sounds.

humannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhjuː.mən/ us /ˈhjuː.mən/ also human being

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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  • He's a despicable human being!
  • It may be feasible to clone human beings, but is it ethical?
  • I don't believe that human beings are innately evil.
  • Can the right to live ever be denied to any human?
  • Every human being has the right to freedom from oppression.

(Definition of “human” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"human" in American English

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humanadjective

us /ˈhju·mən/

of or typical of people:

the human body
Of course I make mistakes, I’m only human (= not perfect).
The accident was due to human error (= a person’s mistake).

(Definition of “human” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"human" in Business English

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humanadjective

uk /ˈhjuːmən/ us

relating to people:

Most of the problems were caused by human error, poor communication and staffing issues.

humannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhjuːmən/ us also human being

a person:

Industrial waste can pose a serious threat to humans and the environment.

(Definition of “human” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)