tenderize

[ten-duh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), tenderized, tenderizing.
to make (meat) tender, as by pounding or by a chemical process or treatment.
Also, especially British, tenderise.


Origin:
1725–35; tender1 + -ize

tenderization, noun
tenderizer, noun
untenderized, adjective
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tenderize or tenderise (ˈtɛndəˌraɪz)
 
vb
(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
 
tenderise or tenderise
 
vb
 
tenderi'zation or tenderise
 
n
 
tenderi'sation or tenderise
 
n

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Example sentences
Sprinkle the slices with lemon juice and pound them with a mallet to tenderize
  them.
Marinating venison enhances the flavor, moisturizes and helps tenderize the
  meat.
Meat and poultry can be marinated for several hours or days to tenderize or add
  flavor.
Marinades are used to tenderize and flavor the jerky before dehydrating it.
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