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feminize

[fem-uh-nahyz] /ˈfɛm əˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), feminized, feminizing.
1.
to make or become feminine.
Also, especially British, feminise.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin fēmin(a) woman + -ize
Related forms
feminization, noun
defeminization, noun
defeminize, verb (used with object), defeminized, defeminizing.
overfeminize, verb, overfeminized, overfeminizing.
unfeminize, verb (used with object), unfeminized, unfeminizing.
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British Dictionary definitions for defeminize

feminize

/ˈfɛmɪˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
to make or become feminine
2.
to cause (a male animal) to develop female characteristics
Derived Forms
feminization, feminisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for defeminize

feminize

v.

1650s, from Latin femina (see feminine) + -ize. Related: Feminized; feminizing. Femalize (1670s, intransitive, 1709, transitive) and femininize (1868) are more rare.

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