Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “emasculate”


verb [T]     /ɪˈmæs.kjʊ.leɪt/
formal to reduce the effectiveness of something: They were accused of trying to emasculate the report's recommendations .Becoming and making less strong formal to make a man feel less male by taking away his power and confidence : A lot of men would feel emasculated if they stayed at home while their wives went out to work .Discouraging and putting off specialized biology to remove the male parts of somethingVeterinary medicine emasculation     /ɪˌmæs.kjʊˈleɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] formal
(Definition of emasculate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of emasculate

Translations of “emasculate”

Word of the Day

prenuptial agreement

an official document signed by two people before they get married that says what will happen to their possessions and/or children if they divorce (= officially stop being married)

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More