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English definition of “infantilize”

infantilize

verb [T] uk (also infantilise)   /ɪnˈfæn.tɪ.laɪz/ UK usually disapproving us  
to treat someone as if that person were a child, with the result that they start behaving like one: He argues that giving money to the poor infantilizes them and stops them from helping themselves.
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