verb (used with object), ten·der·ized, ten·der·iz·ing.

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 tenderize




(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 tenderize

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

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