Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cause to have qualities that are perceived as feminine.
  • transitive verb To cause (a male) to assume physical characteristics of a female, as through the influence of hormones.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make feminine or womanish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make womanish or effeminate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make more feminine.
  • verb To become more feminine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb to give a (more) feminine, effeminate, or womanly quality or appearance to
  • verb assume (more) feminine characteristics

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Examples

  • The colors and fabrics are darker and thicker, which does appeal to me, but I also like the warm colors, rich reds, oranges, browns, so I suppose I need to find ways to "feminize" these materials to make them look less stark and masculine.

    The Beautiful, Soft, Flowing, Modest, Clothing Depicted in the Art of Alfred Emile Leopold Stevens (1823-1906)

  • And here's the point, finally: Because of this, the right couldn't "feminize" him as they did to Mondale and Dukakis and (later) Kerry.

    Is The NRCC Using Anti-Gay Innuendo Against Dem Candidate?

  • It was driving me nuts to have to shell out so much money to hairdressers who insisted on trying to "feminize" my haircuts and would not go short enough for my liking.

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  • At least, that is, if we don't overmedicate or "feminize" him to the point that he can't get the education and experience he needs to be a space explorer. ...

    NASA Watch: Exploration: July 2008 Archives

  • After all, the press has been helping the Republicans "feminize" male Democrats for years by portraying them with negative female stereotypes: irresolute a woman can change her mind, sirrah! hysterical, shop-o-holics... etc.

    Hullabaloo

  • It was driving me nuts to have to shell out so much money to hairdressers who insisted on trying to "feminize" my haircuts and would not go short enough for my liking.

    Six Quirky Things Meme

  • At least, that is, if we don't overmedicate or "feminize" him to the point that he can't get the education and experience he needs to be a space explorer. ...

    NASA Watch: Keith Cowing: July 2008 Archives

  • The new concept it to 'feminize' boys; to make them act more like girls.

    Boys in Crisis??

  • Or you can do bizarre things like "feminize" yourself, like I did here:

    meta-morpheus

  • On the fence between genius and shaggy d.a. The "feminize" render has nothing on some of your holloween chit

    meta-morpheus

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