tenderize

verb
ten·​der·​ize | \ˈten-də-ˌrīz \
tenderized; tenderizing

Definition of tenderize 

transitive verb

: to make (meat or meat products) tender by applying a process or substance that breaks down connective tissue

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Other Words from tenderize

tenderization \ˌten-​d(ə-​)rə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
tenderizer \ˈten-​də-​ˌrī-​zər \ noun

Examples of tenderize in a Sentence

The marinade helps to tenderize the meat.

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When the time comes, these ultra-luxe turkeys are hand-plucked, then hung like gamebirds for about a week, which serves to concentrate flavor and tenderize the meat, already succulent with a generous marbling of intramuscular fat. Elizabeth G. Dunn And Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Battle for Thanksgiving Heats Up," 31 Oct. 2018 Room temperature meat allows the salt and pepper to break into that exterior shell, acting as a tenderizing agent as well as deepening flavor. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Two Ways To Cook Meat Perfectly Every Time," 18 Aug. 2017 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 My butcher tenderizes flank steak and then rolls it into pinwheels for attractive individual serving portions with a pleasant chewy flavor. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Unfortunately, while wet-aging the beef does help to tenderize it somewhat, there are some serious drawbacks. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Why dry-aged steak is superior, and where to buy it in Chicago for cooking at home," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of tenderize

1930, in the meaning defined above

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tenderize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tenderize

: to make (meat) softer before cooking it so that it is easier to cut and eat

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