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infantilize

[in-fuh n-tl-ahyz, -tahy-lahyz, in-fan-tl-ahyz] /ˈɪn fən tlˌaɪz, -taɪˌlaɪz, ɪnˈfæn tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), infantilized, infantilizing.
1.
to keep in or reduce to an infantile state.
2.
to treat or regard as infantile or immature.
Also, especially British, infantilise.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; infantile + -ize, or by back formation from infantilization
Related forms
infantilization, noun
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