Meaning of “infantilize” in the English Dictionary

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"infantilize" in British English

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infantilizeverb [ T ]

also infantilise uk /ɪnˈfæn.tɪ.laɪz/ us /ɪnˈfæn.tə.laɪz/ usually disapproving

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.

(Definition of “infantilize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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