Infantilize Infantilize dictionary definition
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Infantilize Infantilize dictionary definition

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infantilize

  Play in·fan·til·ize

transitive verb

-·lized·, -·liz·ing

  1. to treat (a child or adult) like an infant or baby
  2. to keep in a dependent, infantile stage of development

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infantilize

transitive verb

in·fan·til·ized, in·fan·til·iz·ing, in·fan·til·iz·es

  1. To treat or condescend to as if still a young child: “The Victorian physician infantilized his patient” ( Judith Moore )
  2. To reduce to an infantile state or condition: “It creates a crisis that infantilizes them—causes grown men to squabble like kids about trivial things” ( New Yorker )

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  • in·fan′til·i·za′tion

    noun

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Verb

(third-person singular simple present infantilizes, present participle infantilizing, simple past and past participle infantilized)

  1. To reduce (a person) to the state or status of an infant .
  2. To treat (a person) like a child .
Origin

infantile +‎ -ize (“make into”)

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Definition of ‘infantilize’

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infantilize in British

or infantilise (ɪnˈfæntɪˌlaɪz)

verb (transitive)

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to encourage or force someone to behave like a child
The language of corporate memos seeks to infantilize its recipients.

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infantilize in American

(ɪnˈfæntəlˌaɪz
; infanˈtəlīzˌ)

verb transitiveWord forms: inˈfantiˌlized or inˈfantiˌlizing

1. 

to treat (a child or adult ) like an infant or baby
2. 

to keep in a dependent , infantile stage of development
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
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infantilization (inˌfantiliˈzation)

noun

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verb [transitive] 

 infantilize pronunciation in British English
/ɪnˈfæntəlaɪz/

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present tense
I/you/we/theyinfantilize
he/she/itinfantilizes
present participleinfantilizing
past tenseinfantilized
past participleinfantilized

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infantilization

noun [uncountable]

All this glittery girliness encourages the infantilization of women .

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