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[fem-uh-nahyz] /ˈfɛm əˌnaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), feminized, feminizing.
to make or become feminine.
Also, especially British, feminise.
Origin of feminize
1645-55; < Latin fēmin(a) woman + -ize
Related forms
feminization, noun
defeminization, noun
defeminize, verb (used with object), defeminized, defeminizing.
overfeminize, verb, overfeminized, overfeminizing.
unfeminize, verb (used with object), unfeminized, unfeminizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for feminization
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  • Is the feminization of the world a desirable thing for a vigorous future?

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • Even Henry James, who studies the sex untiringly, speaks about the "feminization of literature."

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • Miss Hannah More best represents this feminization of the type.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • Is the maternal instinct waning in intensity in this period of feminization?

    The Nervous Housewife Abraham Myerson
British Dictionary definitions for feminization


to make or become feminine
to cause (a male animal) to develop female characteristics
Derived Forms
feminization, feminisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for feminization

1844, noun of action from feminize.



1650s, from Latin femina (see feminine) + -ize. Related: Feminized; feminizing. Femalize (1670s, intransitive, 1709, transitive) and femininize (1868) are more rare.

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feminization in Medicine

feminization fem·i·ni·za·tion (fěm'ə-nĭ-zā'shən)
The acquisition of female characteristics by the male.

fem'i·nize' (-nīz') v.
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