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tenderize

[ten-duh-rahyz]
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verb (used with object), ten·der·ized, ten·der·iz·ing.
  1. to make (meat) tender, as by pounding or by a chemical process or treatment.
Also especially British, ten·der·ise.

Origin of tenderize

First recorded in 1725–35; tender1 + -ize
Related formsten·der·i·za·tion, nounten·der·iz·er, nounun·ten·der·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tenderizer

tenderizer

tenderiser

noun
  1. a substance, such as the plant enzyme papain, rubbed onto meat to soften the fibres and make it more tender

tenderize

tenderise

verb
  1. (tr) to make (meat) tender by pounding it to break down the fibres, by steeping it in a marinade, or by treating it with a tenderizer
Derived Formstenderization or tenderisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for tenderizer

n.

1942, agent noun from tenderize.

tenderize

v.

1733, from tender + -ize. Specifically of food, recorded by 1935, originally American English. Related: Tenderized; tenderizing.

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