Definition of infantilize in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈfantilīz/


[with object]
Treat (someone) as a child or in a way that denies their maturity in age or experience: seeing yourself as a victim infantilizes you
More example sentences
  • Given this, it infantilizes him to ask us to root for him, as if he were a heart-touching runt.
  • Does the birth of your children infantilize you?
  • I'd just lost my mind and I was infantilised and it was very depressing.



Pronunciation: /ˌinfəntl-iˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /inˌfan-/
Example sentences
  • A life devoted to instant gratification produces permanent infantilization: ‘at sixty-four… tastes are what they were at seventeen.’
  • Or maybe it's really just the infantilization of men.
  • I've talked before about the infantilization of the youth here.

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Syllabification: in·fan·til·ize

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