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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.
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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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Related Words for tenderize

mitigate, thaw, abate, relax, modify, ease, lessen, lower, melt, temper, relent, lighten, alleviate, dissolve, diminish, mellow, moderate, cushion, weaken, moisten

British Dictionary definitions for tenderize



  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
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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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