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feminize

[fem-uh-nahyz]
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verb (used with or without object), fem·i·nized, fem·i·niz·ing.
  1. to make or become feminine.
Also especially British, fem·i·nise.

Origin of feminize

1645–55; < Latin fēmin(a) woman + -ize
Related formsfem·i·ni·za·tion, nounde·fem·i·ni·za·tion, nounde·fem·i·nize, verb (used with object), de·fem·i·nized, de·fem·i·niz·ing.o·ver·fem·i·nize, verb, o·ver·fem·i·nized, o·ver·fem·i·niz·ing.un·fem·i·nize, verb (used with object), un·fem·i·nized, un·fem·i·niz·ing.
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feminize

feminise

verb
  1. to make or become feminine
  2. to cause (a male animal) to develop female characteristics
Derived Formsfeminization or feminisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for feminize

v.

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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