feminize

[fem-uh-nahyz]
|

verb (used with or without object), fem·i·nized, fem·i·niz·ing.

to make or become feminine.

Nearby words

  1. femininity complex,
  2. feminism,
  3. feminist,
  4. feminity,
  5. feminization,
  6. femme,
  7. femme de chambre,
  8. femme fatale,
  9. femmy,
  10. femora

Also especially British, fem·i·nise.

Origin of feminize

1645–55; < Latin fēmin(a) woman + -ize

Related forms
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for feminization


British Dictionary definitions for feminization

feminize

feminise

verb

to make or become feminine
to cause (a male animal) to develop female characteristics
Derived Formsfeminization or feminisation, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for feminization
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for feminization

feminization

[fĕm′ə-nĭ-zāshən]

n.

The acquisition of female characteristics by the male.
Related formsfemi•nize′ (-nīz′) v.


The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.