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[ten-duh-rahyz] /ˈtɛn dəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), tenderized, tenderizing.
to make (meat) tender, as by pounding or by a chemical process or treatment.
Origin of tenderize
1725-35; tender1 + -ize
Related forms
tenderization, noun
tenderizer, noun
untenderized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tenderize
  • 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.
  • tenderize meat with a mallet, pounding flour mixture into meat.
  • In the other, the vitamin's toxic characteristics are being used to tenderize beef.
  • Some recipes advise marinating meat and poultry for several hours or days, either to tenderize or add flavor.
  • In addition, moist heat helps to break down connective tissue, so it can tenderize tougher cuts of meat.
  • One of them is if you soak venison in vinegar it will tenderize it.
  • Some recipes state to marinate meat and poultry for several hours or days, either to tenderize or add flavor.
British Dictionary definitions for tenderize


(transitive) 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
Derived Forms
tenderization, tenderisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for tenderize

1733, from tender + -ize. Specifically of food, recorded by 1935, originally American English. Related: Tenderized; tenderizing.

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