- to make or become feminine.
Also especially British, fem·i·nise.
Origin of feminize
1645–55; < Latin fēmin(a) woman + -ize
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Examples from the Web for feminize
Supporters of the ban speculate that women distract men and that they may even “feminize,” or weaken the military.Overdue: Why It’s Time to End the U.S. Military’s Female Combat Ban
Megan H. MacKenzie
October 26, 2012
We have the moon-god attempting to feminize an unfortunate enemy.Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria
The argument that the presence of women tends to "feminize" the universities is, he grants, more serious.
- to make or become feminine
- to cause (a male animal) to develop female characteristics
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Word Origin and History for feminize
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