feminize

verb
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)

Other Words from feminize

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

Examples of feminize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 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 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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First Known Use of feminize

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Feminize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminize. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for feminize

feminize

transitive verb
fem·​i·​nize
variants: or British feminise \ ˈfem-​ə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce feminize (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 feminize (audio) \ noun

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