feminize

[fem-uh-nahyz]
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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

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British Dictionary definitions for feminize

feminize

feminise

verb

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

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Word Origin and History for feminize

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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