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>
institutionalizationplay \-ˌtü-shnə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -shə-nə-lə-ˈzā-\ noun
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.
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Medical Definition of institutionalize
institutionalizedor chiefly British
institutionalizingor chiefly British
: 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>
institutionalizationor chiefly British
institutionalisation\-ˌt(y)ü-shnəl-ə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌt(y)ü-shən-əl-\play noun
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