mas·​cu·​lin·​ize | \ ˈma-skyə-lə-ˌnīz How to pronounce masculinize (audio) \
masculinized; masculinizing

Definition of masculinize

transitive verb

: to give a chiefly masculine character to especially : to cause (a female) to take on male characteristics

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Other Words from masculinize

masculinization \ ˌma-​skyə-​lə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce masculinize (audio) \ noun

Examples of masculinize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 This was to be the moment of arrival for women’s soccer in France, which had been banned as too masculinizing during World War II and not given approval again by the French soccer federation until 1970. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "How Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Beat France at the World Cup," 28 June 2019 The short war myth has also romanticized, whitewashed, and masculinized Civil War history. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘Looming Civil War’ Review: Anticipating the Apocalypse," 2 Oct. 2018 Reynolds had started taking testosterone earlier that year, and after years of tamping down their chest with a binder, had scheduled a consultation for top surgery (to remove breast tissue to masculinize the chest). Loren Savini, Allure, "Why Trans and Gender-Nonconforming People Are Especially at Risk for Breast Cancer," 28 Sep. 2017 The theory is straightforward enough: These chemicals mimic the effect of the feminizing hormone estrogen and can interfere with masculinizing hormones like testosterone. Bryan Walsh, Newsweek, "Male Infertility Crisis in U.S. Has Experts Baffled," 12 Sep. 2017 Studies found that a derivative excreted by juiced cattle reduces minnows' fertility, transforms female zebrafish into males, and induces other masculinizing effects. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Something is changing the sex of Costa Rican crocodiles," 30 Aug. 2017 Just as some transgender women and men choose to take hormones or have surgery, or choose neither, some seek to feminize or masculinize their voices. Catherine Saint Louis, The Seattle Times, "Learning to talk like a woman (or man) may improve quality of life for transgender people," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of masculinize

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Masculinize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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transitive verb
variants: also British masculinise \ ˈmas-​kyə-​lə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce masculinize (audio) \
masculinized also British masculinised; masculinizing also British masculinising

Medical Definition of masculinize

: to give a preponderantly masculine character to especially : to cause (a female) to take on male characteristics

Other Words from masculinize

masculinization also British masculinisation \ ˌmas-​kyə-​lə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce masculinize (audio) \ noun

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