Meaning of “humanitarian” in the English Dictionary

"humanitarian" in British English

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humanitarianadjective, noun [ C ]

uk /hjuːˌmæn.ɪˈteə.ri.ən/ us /hjuːˌmæn.ɪˈter.i.ən/

C2 (a person who is) involved in or connected with improving people's lives and reducing suffering:

The prisoner has been released for humanitarian reasons.
The United Nations is sending humanitarian aid (= food and supplies to help people) to the areas worst affected by the conflict.
The well-known humanitarian, Joseph Rowntree, was concerned with the welfare of his employees.

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  • The Vatican has agreed to donate $80,000 in humanitarian aid to countries affected by the war.
  • A huge relief effort will be required to avert a humanitarian disaster.
  • She reported on the humanitarian crisis in the region.
  • Humanitarian aid is being airlifted to the country.
  • The sanctions have been lifted for humanitarian reasons.
humanitarianism
noun [ U ] uk /hjuːˌmæn.ɪˈteə.ri.ə.nɪ.zəm/ us /hjuːˌmæn.ɪˈter.i.ə.nɪ.zəm/

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

"humanitarian" in American English

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humanitarianadjective

us /hjuˌmæn·ɪˈteər·i·ən/

involved in or connected with improving people’s lives and reducing suffering:

humanitarian aid in the form of food supplies
humanitarian
noun [ C ] us /hjuˌmæn·ɪˈteər·i·ən, ju-/

She was regarded by many as a compassionate humanitarian.

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