- 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 feminization
The feminization of organized labor could be considered a step forward for the movement.Meet the New Union Boss
May 5, 2010
Is the feminization of the world a desirable thing for a vigorous future?
Even Henry James, who studies the sex untiringly, speaks about the "feminization of literature."
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
- to make or become feminine
- to cause (a male animal) to develop female characteristics
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Word Origin and History for feminization
1844, noun of action from feminize.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The acquisition of female characteristics by the male.
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