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matronize

[mey-truh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), ma·tron·ized, ma·tron·iz·ing.
  1. to cause to become matronly; cause to act as, or fulfill the role of, matron.
  2. to serve as a matron to; chaperon.
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verb (used without object), ma·tron·ized, ma·tron·iz·ing.
  1. to become a matron.
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Also especially British, ma·tron·ise.

Origin of matronize

First recorded in 1745–55; matron + -ize
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