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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of institutionalize

institutionalizedinstitutionalizing

  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>

institutionalization play \-ˌtü-shnə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -shə-nə-lə-ˈzā-\ noun

Examples of institutionalize in a sentence

  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

institutionalized or chiefly British institutionalised; institutionalizing or chiefly British institutionalising

  1. :  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>

institutionalization or chiefly British institutionalisation \-ˌt(y)ü-shnəl-ə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌt(y)ü-shən-əl-\play noun


Variants of institutionalize

or chiefly British institutionalise \ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnəl-ˌīz, -shən-əl-\play

Law Dictionary

institutionalize

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transitive verb in·sti·tu·tion·al·ize \ˌin-stə-ˈtü-shə-nə-ˌlīz, -ˈtyü-\

Legal Definition of institutionalize

institutionalizedinstitutionalizing

  1. :  to put in the care of an institution — compare commit




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