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

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 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 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, 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, 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, 28 June 2019 The short war myth has also romanticized, whitewashed, and masculinized Civil War history. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, 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, 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, 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, 30 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of masculinize

1858, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for masculinize


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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