Definition of infantilize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

infantilize

 verb
verb
NAmE//ɪnˈfæntəˌlaɪz//
 
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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