matronize

verb
ma·​tron·​ize | \ ˈmā‧trəˌnīz \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of matronize

transitive verb

1 : to give the qualities of a matron to : cause to be a matron was matronized by her children and her responsibilities
2a : to act as a matron to or toward : superintend or attend in the capacity of a matron especially : chaperone offered to matronize the young people
b : to preside as a matron over matronizing the reception

intransitive verb

1 : to become a matron
2 : to fulfill the role of a matron

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“Matronize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matronize. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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