fem·​i·​nize | \ ˈfe-mə-ˌnīz How to pronounce feminize (audio) \
feminized; feminizing

Definition of feminize

transitive verb

1 : to give a feminine quality to
2 : to cause (a male or castrate) to take on feminine characters (as by implantation of ovaries or administration of estrogens)

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Other Words from feminize

feminization \ ˌfe-​mə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce feminization (audio) \ noun

Examples of feminize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most prominent white character, the longshoremen Big Blonde — note the feminizing e on his nickname — is infatuated with a pretty boy called Petit Frere. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Claude McKay abandoned ‘Romance in Marseille’ because it was too daring. He was just ahead of his time.," 5 Feb. 2020 With sentimental epics set in troubled times, Allende feminized a Latin American canon that enshrines men. Washington Post, "In ‘A Long Petal of the Sea,’ Isabel Allende delivers another sentimental epic set in troubled times," 23 Jan. 2020 Then there are the studies that have looked into whether isoflavones can feminize men and infants and interfere with fertility and development. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Plant-based burgers will make men grow boobs, Livestock News reports," 27 Dec. 2019 And from birth control hormones feminizing male fish to painkillers poisoning vultures, the impacts of such drugs on wildlife are more far-reaching than previously believed. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Veterinary drugs are wreaking havoc on wildlife worldwide," 6 Dec. 2019 Then there’s the recurring sense of being, in sickness, forcibly feminized. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 28 Oct. 2019 Hormone microdosing is of growing interest to some nonbinary people like Rivas who want to masculinize or feminize their bodies in subtle ways. NBC News, "Neither male nor female: Why some nonbinary people are 'microdosing' hormones," 13 July 2019 What if soy was a plot to feminize real American men? Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Oatly and the quest for the perfect alt-milk," 14 Aug. 2019 This distress decreases or disappears for many people who take masculinizing or feminizing hormones, according to the American Psychiatric Association. NBC News, "Neither male nor female: Why some nonbinary people are 'microdosing' hormones," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of feminize

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Feminize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminize. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for feminize

variants: or British feminise \ ˈfem-​ə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce feminise (audio) \
feminized or British feminised; feminizing or British feminising

Medical Definition of feminize

: to cause (a male or castrate) to take on feminine characters (as by implantation of ovaries or administration of estrogenic substances)

Other Words from feminize

feminization or British feminisation \ ˌfem-​ə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce feminisation (audio) \ noun

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