verb (used with object), verb (used without object), feminized, feminizing.
to make or become feminine.
Also, especially British, feminise.

1645–55; < Latin fēmin(a) woman + -ize

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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feminize or feminise (ˈfɛmɪˌnaɪz)
1.  to make or become feminine
2.  to cause (a male animal) to develop female characteristics
feminise or feminise
femini'zation or feminise
femini'sation or feminise

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feminization fem·i·ni·za·tion (fěm'ə-nĭ-zā'shən)
The acquisition of female characteristics by the male.

fem'i·nize' (-nīz') v.
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