ten·​der·​ize | \ ˈten-də-ˌrīz How to pronounce tenderize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce tenderize (audio) \ noun
tenderizer \ ˈten-​də-​ˌrī-​zər How to pronounce tenderize (audio) \ noun

Examples of tenderize in a Sentence

The marinade helps to tenderize the meat.
Recent Examples on the Web Dress the kale and cabbage mixture with the vinaigrette, toss well, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours, so the dressing can season and tenderize the slaw. Beth Segal, cleveland, 14 May 2021 The smoker will tenderize meat and make for an enjoyable eating experience. Outdoor Life, 26 Feb. 2021 And a specialized stainless-steel pommel works great for hammering on tent stakes, but can be used to tenderize cuts of wild game, as well. Outdoor Life, 23 Feb. 2021 The salt will draw out extra water and, instead, flavor and tenderize the meat. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2021 The thickened sauce will break down into a more watery broth, and the meat will tenderize. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, 31 Aug. 2020 Pound the slices on a clean rock with the pommel of your knife to tenderize the meat and flatten it to a consistent thickness. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2017 Products that can pull double-duty are keepers: chopping boards can be serving platters, frying pans can tenderize meat, vegetable peelers can slice cheese and chocolate, and colanders are perfect steaming baskets. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, 22 June 2020 They can be cooked gently over slow-fading coals -- a good way to tenderize thick, stemmy vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus that need a little more time. oregonlive, 22 May 2020

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First Known Use of tenderize

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenderize

tender entry 1 + -ize

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The first known use of tenderize was in 1930

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19 May 2021

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“Tenderize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenderize. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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