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- (transitive, sociology, psychology) To raise (a child) in such a way that it adopts adult behaviors earlier than is usual.
1986, Joanne Rand Whitmore, Intellectual Giftedness in Young Children: Recognition and Development, page 86:
- Talk with them in an adult manner, but do not "adultize" them. Do not expect them to be miniature adults.
to raise a child such that he adopts adult behaviors earlier