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matronize

or (especially British) matronise

[mey-truh-nahyz] /ˈmeɪ trəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), matronized, matronizing.
1.
to cause to become matronly; cause to act as, or fulfill the role of, matron.
2.
to serve as a matron to; chaperon.
verb (used without object), matronized, matronizing.
3.
to become a matron.
Origin of matronize
1745-1755
1745-55; matron + -ize
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  • I dote upon chaperones; and by coming with this family, I had Mrs. Twamberley to matronize me.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • "I'm sure Aunt Marion ought to be here to matronize you," said Jack.

    Old Friends and New Sarah Orne Jewett

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