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institutionalize

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verb in·sti·tu·tion·al·ize \-shnə-ˌlīz, -shə-nə-ˌlīz\

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

in·sti·tu·tion·al·izedin·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  to put in the care of an institution <institutionalize alcoholics>

in·sti·tu·tion·al·i·za·tion play \-ˌtü-shnə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -shə-nə-lə-ˈzā-\ noun

Examples of institutionalize

  1. It will take time to institutionalize these reforms.

  2. They had to institutionalize their youngest son.

  3. She was institutionalized for seven years.



1865

First Known Use of institutionalize

1865


Medical Dictionary

institutionalize

transitive verb in·sti·tu·tion·al·ize

Medical Definition of institutionalize

in·sti·tu·tion·al·ized or chiefly British in·sti·tu·tion·al·isedin·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing or chiefly British in·sti·tu·tion·al·is·ing

  1. 1:  to place in or commit to an institution (as a nursing home or hospital) offering specialized care (as for mental illness, substance abuse, or terminal illness)

  2. 2:  to accustom (a person) so firmly to the care and supervised routine of an institution as to make incapable of managing a life outside

  3. in·sti·tu·tion·al·iza·tion or chiefly British in·sti·tu·tion·al·isa·tion \-ˌt(y)ü-shnəl-ə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌt(y)ü-shən-əl-\play noun



Variants of institutionalize

or chiefly British in·sti·tu·tion·al·ise \ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnəl-ˌīz, -shən-əl-\play

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