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Definition of infantilize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



infantilize somebody (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they infantilize
he / she / it infantilizes
past simple infantilized
-ing form infantilizing
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to treat someone as though they are a child The phrase “innocent women and children” is a way of infantilizing women, making them seem passive and helpless.
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