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  ( humans    plural  )
1       adj   Human means relating to or concerning people.  
ADJ n  
...the human body., ...human history.     
2       n-count   You can refer to people as humans, especially when you are comparing them with animals or machines.  
Its rate of growth was fast<endash>much more like that of an ape than that of a human.     
3       adj   Human feelings, weaknesses, or errors are ones that are typical of humans rather than machines. ever growing risk of human error...     

human being        ( human beings    plural  ) A human being is a man, woman, or child.      n-count  
human growth hormone        ( human growth hormones    plural  ) Human growth hormone is a hormone that is used to help short people, especially short children, to grow taller. The abbreviation HGH is also used.      n-var  
human interest     
If something such as a news story has human interest, people are likely to find it interesting because it gives interesting details about the person or people involved.      n-uncount   oft N n  
...a human interest story.     
human nature     
Human nature is the natural qualities and ways of behaviour that most people have.      n-uncount  
It seems to be human nature to worry.     
human race     
The human race is the same as mankind.      n-sing   the N  
Can the human race carry on expanding and growing the same way that it is now?     
human resources     
In a company or other organization, the department of human resources is the department with responsibility for the recruiting, training, and welfare of the staff. The abbreviation HR is often used.     (BUSINESS)      n-uncount   (=personnel)  
human rights     
Human rights are basic rights which many societies believe that all people should have.      n-plural  
human shield     
If a group of people are used as a human shield in a battle or war, they are put in a particular place so that the enemy will be unwilling to attack that place and harm them.      n-sing  
non-human      , nonhuman  
Non-human means not human or not produced by humans.      adj  
  (Antonym: human)   
Hostility towards outsiders is characteristic of both human and non-human animals.     
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to train too much, to train excessively
Coaches can't overtrain the athletes before a championship.
to practice something excessively, to train too much
a substance containing a harmless form of the germs that cause a particular disease. It is given to people, usually by injection, to prevent them from getting that disease.
au parler ange, au faire change
about the human society
[Hum.];[US] human society
go cold turkey, to stop using an addictive substance abruptly and completely. to undergo sudden and complete withdrawal from a habitual activity or behavior pattern. to begin or do something without planning, preparation, or practice.
very short presentation of a product or a company that you would do to somebody you meet briefly, like in an elevator, to attract his/her attention
wait for something, usually linked to a previous event, to happen; expect something that can not be avoided to happen
competitive set: a group of other brands offering a similar product or service, to the same consumers
home is the best place to be no matter where it is
UNO, United Nations, UN. abbr. The United Nations is an international organization whose stated aims include promoting and facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, ...
a body part is a part of a human body, usually one that has been cut or torn from the body in a violent incident (such as an accident, an explosion, etc)
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
the decision is yours
the study of human action and conduct
grunt work is hard, uninteresting work
US informal
It is healthy to laugh
apprendre, c'est apprendre à faire de soi un être humain
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
(in neomarxist thought) the second main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of formation. The members of the formoisie have human capital, receive high wages (the most frequently thanks to their diplomas) and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1993 Yanick Toutain)
[Hum. Sc.] The formoisie is the social class that created social-democracy and stalinism.
à la sainte_ignace, l'eau est de glace
something excellent, impressive
E.g.: The concert was a real doozy.
something is easy to do
après manger, nappe
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