Definition of feminize in English:

feminize

(also feminise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Make (something) more characteristic of or associated with women:

    ‘as office roles changed, clerical work was increasingly feminized’
    • ‘For this group of men who won't feminise their behaviour, Britain is becoming increasingly unwelcoming.’
    • ‘The treatment feminised the past: it is veiled and mysterious, but might be available to us with the right chat-up line.’
    • ‘Over time, this element of her story is lost, and she is increasingly configured as a highly feminized martyr.’
    • ‘The men who have entered female types of work are then contrasted with those that work in male jobs which are feminising, to illustrate some of the processes of marginalisation.’
    • ‘The male singer avoids being feminized principally through two linguistic devices.’
    • ‘I refer to Kieron Wood's article about feminised Catholicism and share some of his concerns.’
    • ‘I would feminise global politics and take to task those countries which refuse to co-operate with treaties such as the Kyoto Agreement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will his sex-change also feminize his personality, his attitudes, his spirit, and thus endanger my male friendship with him?’
    • ‘Interestingly the practice among American surgeons has changed over the last few years - as it has in Australia, which is not to jump in too early with an operation which will feminise the baby.’
    • ‘In the 1930s the Soviet retail workforce was increasingly feminized.’
    • ‘We need to feminise economics and take seriously the new politics of gender, time and care if we are to nurture families in the new economy.’
    • ‘The appointment of a woman as secretary-general of the Department of Education feminises the Irish education system to an astonishing degree.’
    • ‘Whereas Amelia is presented as masculinized, Rhyme appears feminized.’
    • ‘To feminise it, it's all about accessories: the make-up and hair.’
    • ‘Efforts have been made to feminise its content and to cover issues such as environmental damage and domestic abuse.’
    • ‘Once, however, Maria has entered the von Trapp household, she actively humanises, harmonises, and feminises these new environs.’
    • ‘That's why I was really happy to play a character who's not overly feminized.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there is evidence that some individual service sector occupations have been feminised with a replacement of male by female labour and some decline in male relative wage rates.’
    • ‘In contrast to the state-sanctioned violence of the first scene, the violence that dominates the rest of the play is feminized.’
    1. 1.1 Induce female sexual characteristics in (a male).
      • ‘In general, ovarian estrogens feminize and demasculinize the developing hypothalamus and perhaps other brain areas known to control copulatory behaviors.’
      • ‘These are detergent products, and they break down in the environment to be coming quite oestrogenically active, quite capable of feminising the fish.’
      • ‘Until then, most of the fish were very strongly feminized.’
      • ‘Taking estrogen can feminize appearance by increasing breast size, shrinking testicles, rounding the hips and reducing facial and body hair.’

Pronunciation:

feminize

/ˈfɛmɪnʌɪz/