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English definition of “infantilize”

infantilize

verb [T] (also infantilise)     /ɪnˈfæn.tɪ.laɪz/ UK 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.Children and babies
(Definition of infantilize verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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