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maternalize

[ muh-tur-nl-ahyz ]
/ məˈtɜr nlˌaɪz /
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verb (used with object), ma·ter·nal·ized, ma·ter·nal·iz·ing.

to make maternal.

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Also especially British, ma·ter·nal·ise .

Origin of maternalize

First recorded in 1875–80; maternal + -ize
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