in·fan·til·ize (ĭnfən-tl-īz′, ĭn-făn-)
tr.v. 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).
in·fan′til·i·zation (-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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