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