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Definition of infantilize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

infantilize

 verb
(British English also -ise) verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they infantilize
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪz//
 
he / she / it infantilizes
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple infantilized
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪzd//
 
past participle infantilized
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪzd//
 
-ing form infantilizing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈfæntɪlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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infantilize somebody (formal) to treat somebody as though they are a child The phrase ‘innocent women and children’ is a way of infantilizing women, making them seem passive and helpless.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: infantilize