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tenderize

[ten-duh-rahyz]
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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British Dictionary definitions for tenderizer

tenderizer

tenderiser

noun
  1. a substance, such as the plant enzyme papain, rubbed onto meat to soften the fibres and make it more tender
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tenderize

tenderise

verb
  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 tenderizer

n.

1942, agent noun from tenderize.

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tenderize

v.

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

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