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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As both these species have a common ancestor there must have been strong selection going on to feminize the bonobos. Mark Maslin, Discover Magazine, 22 June 2015 Rarely are men labeled as such, and when men who participate in chisme are labeled chismosos, their castigation functions to feminize their behavior. Lizeth Gutierrez, refinery29.com, 14 Nov. 2022 Chicago has said that the work was meant to soften the landscape, to feminize it. Briana Miller | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2022 Ginsburg and fellow Justice Sandra Day O’Connor—the first woman on the Court—began wearing the collars to feminize the traditionally masculine garment. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2022 To date, no studies have shown eating soy or isoflavones in moderation can feminize males or affect childhood development. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 When women's gymnastics was introduced in its current form in 1952, music was added to feminize the event. Emily Adams, USA TODAY, 27 June 2021 The Arkansas SAFE Act would also ban cross-hormone therapy, a gender-affirming treatment that allows for trans people to masculinize or feminize their physical appearance to be more consistent with their gender identity. Lauren Holt, CNN, 28 Mar. 2021 The idea was to claim what was a traditionally male uniform and unapologetically feminize it. Vanessa Friedman New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of feminize was in 1652

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Cite this Entry

“Feminize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminize. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants or British feminise
feminized or British feminised; feminizing or British feminising
: to cause (a male or castrate) to take on feminine characters (as by implantation of ovaries or administration of estrogenic substances)
feminization noun
or British feminisation
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