Simple Definition of institutionalize
: to cause (a custom, practice, law, etc.) to become accepted and used by many people : to establish (something) as an institution
: to put (someone, such as a mentally ill person) in an institution (sense 1b)
Full Definition of institutionalize
1 : to make into an institution : give character of an institution to <institutionalized housing>; especially : to incorporate into a structured and often highly formalized system <institutionalized values>
2 : to put in the care of an institution <institutionalize alcoholics>
Examples of institutionalize in a sentence
It will take time to institutionalize these reforms.
They had to institutionalize their youngest son.
She was institutionalized for seven years.
First Known Use of institutionalize
Medical Definition of institutionalize
institutionalized or chiefly British institutionalised; institutionalizing or chiefly British institutionalising
: to place in or commit to the care of a specialized institution <Thirty years ago doctors routinely advised parents to institutionalize children with Down syndrome and other disabilities …—Parenting, August 1994>
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