Definition of feminize in English:


(also feminise)


  • 1Make (something) more characteristic of or associated with women.

    ‘as office roles changed, clerical work was increasingly feminized’
    • ‘Over time, this element of her story is lost, and she is increasingly configured as a highly feminized martyr.’
    • ‘I would feminise global politics and take to task those countries which refuse to co-operate with treaties such as the Kyoto Agreement.’
    • ‘The treatment feminised the past: it is veiled and mysterious, but might be available to us with the right chat-up line.’
    • ‘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 contrast to the state-sanctioned violence of the first scene, the violence that dominates the rest of the play is feminized.’
    • ‘Will his sex-change also feminize his personality, his attitudes, his spirit, and thus endanger my male friendship with him?’
    • ‘The male singer avoids being feminized principally through two linguistic devices.’
    • ‘Whereas Amelia is presented as masculinized, Rhyme appears feminized.’
    • ‘The appointment of a woman as secretary-general of the Department of Education feminises the Irish education system to an astonishing degree.’
    • ‘I refer to Kieron Wood's article about feminised Catholicism and share some of his concerns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once, however, Maria has entered the von Trapp household, she actively humanises, harmonises, and feminises these new environs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For this group of men who won't feminise their behaviour, Britain is becoming increasingly unwelcoming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Efforts have been made to feminise its content and to cover issues such as environmental damage and domestic abuse.’
    • ‘In the 1930s the Soviet retail workforce was increasingly feminized.’
    • ‘That's why I was really happy to play a character who's not overly feminized.’
    • ‘To feminise it, it's all about accessories: the make-up and hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Induce female sexual characteristics in (a male).
      • ‘These are detergent products, and they break down in the environment to be coming quite oestrogenically active, quite capable of feminising the fish.’
      • ‘Taking estrogen can feminize appearance by increasing breast size, shrinking testicles, rounding the hips and reducing facial and body hair.’
      • ‘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.’