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

Examples of feminize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organization had been considering lowering the age minimums for gender-affirming care, including adjusting the age to 15 for masculinizing top surgery, 16 for feminizing top surgery, and 17 for genital surgery. James Factora, Them, 9 July 2024 While the original look came down the runway with a latex skull cap, squash goggles, and square-toed Oxfords with black socks, Delevingne feminized the look, and brought it closer to Cabaret’s origins. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2024 Meredith’s flaws are intriguingly feminized: vanity; superficiality; a changeable, untrustworthy softness. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2024 Some universities that were founded in the late nineteenth century, including Stanford, accepted both men and women, but soon found that women were performing too well, provoking anxiety that women would overrun or feminize the institutions. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2023 But Parton feminizes the tale, and uses it to frame an album that realigns rock with women. Emily Lordi, The New Yorker, 3 Dec. 2023 Laura Harrier also recently feminized an oversized button-down with tactful buttoning around the waist. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 24 Aug. 2023 In a commentary piece published by Fortune, Microsoft CSO Melanie Nakagawa and Google CSO Kate Brandt discuss the ways in which some C-suite positions, specifically those in sustainability, human resources, and communications, can be feminized and therefore minimized. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 27 July 2023 Eating disorders are also feminized, such as a diagnosis that associates an eating disorder with the loss of a menstrual period. Samia Salahi, The Arizona Republic, 8 June 2023

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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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“Feminize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminize. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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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