Feminize Fem"i*nize, v. t. [Cf. F. f['e]miniser.] To make womanish or effeminate. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]

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  • feminize — 1650s, from L. femina (see FEMININE (Cf. feminine)) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Feminized; feminizing. Femalize (1670s, intrans., 1709, trans.) and femininize (1868) are more rare …   Etymology dictionary

  • feminize — (Amer.) v. make female; make more feminine, give a feminine or womanly quality or appearance; (Biology) take on female sexual characteristics (also feminise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • feminize — (also feminise) ► VERB ▪ make more feminine or female. DERIVATIVES feminization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • feminize — [fem′ə nīz΄] vt., vi. feminized, feminizing [< L femina, woman + IZE] to make or become feminine or effeminate feminization n …   English World dictionary

  • feminize — UK [ˈfemənaɪz] / US [ˈfemɪˌnaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms feminize : present tense I/you/we/they feminize he/she/it feminizes present participle feminizing past tense feminized past participle feminized to increase the importance of women in… …   English dictionary

  • feminize — fem|i|nize also feminise BrE [ˈfemınaız] v [T] to change something so that it includes women, is suitable for women, or is considered typical of women ▪ women who resist cultural attempts to feminize them …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • feminize — [[t]fe̱mɪnaɪz[/t]] feminizes, feminizing, feminized VERB To feminize something means to make it into something that involves mainly women or is thought suitable for or typical of women. [FORMAL] [V n] ...their governments policies of feminizing… …   English dictionary

  • feminize — transitive verb ( nized; nizing) Date: 1652 1. to give a feminine quality to 2. to cause (a male or castrate) to take on feminine characters (as by implantation of ovaries or administration of estrogens) • feminization noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • feminize — feminization, n. /fem euh nuyz /, v.t., v.i., feminized, feminizing. to make or become feminine. Also, esp. Brit., feminise. [1645 55; < L femin(a) woman + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • feminize — verb a) To make more feminine. Parabiosis experiments on primitive vertebrates showed inversion of sex in either direction, males were feminized and females masculinized. b) To become more feminine. Ant: masculinize …   Wiktionary

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