Definition of feminize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfeməˌnīz/


[with object]
1Make (something) more characteristic of or associated with women: as office roles changed, clerical work was increasingly feminized
More example sentences
  • He argues that professionalization emerged as an ideology used by women and men social workers to overcome their marginal status and gain respectability in a new and increasingly feminized job market in the 20th century.
  • In the 1930s the Soviet retail workforce was increasingly feminized.
  • Over time, this element of her story is lost, and she is increasingly configured as a highly feminized martyr.
1.1Induce female sexual characteristics in (a male).
Example sentences
  • Until then, most of the fish were very strongly feminized.
  • In general, ovarian estrogens feminize and demasculinize the developing hypothalamus and perhaps other brain areas known to control copulatory behaviors.
  • Taking estrogen can feminize appearance by increasing breast size, shrinking testicles, rounding the hips and reducing facial and body hair.



Pronunciation: /ˌfemənəˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • But, they add, the feminization of medicine is helping to lower physician salaries, encourage part-time doctoring and exacerbate a looming shortage of physicians.
  • Documented evidence is now available to show that there is a correlation between the growth of the forces of globalization, and what has come to be known as the feminization of poverty, worldwide.
  • I appreciated that it was not a feminization of a boy's name.

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Syllabification: fem·i·nize

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