- to make (meat) tender, as by pounding or by a chemical process or treatment.
Also especially British, ten·der·ise.
Origin of tenderize
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- a substance, such as the plant enzyme papain, rubbed onto meat to soften the fibres and make it more tender
- (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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1942, agent noun from tenderize.
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