institutionalize

verb in·sti·tu·tion·al·ize \ ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnə-ˌlīz , -shə-nə-ˌlīz \

Definition of institutionalize

institutionalized; institutionalizing
transitive verb
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 place in or commit to the care of a specialized institution (such as a psychiatric hospital)
  • Thirty years ago doctors routinely advised parents to institutionalize children with Down syndrome and other disabilities …
  • Parenting

institutionalization

play \ˌin(t)-stə-ˌt(y)ü-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.

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First Known Use of institutionalize

1865


Medical Dictionary

institutionalize

transitive verb in·sti·tu·tion·al·ize
variants: or chiefly British institutionalise play \ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnəl-ˌīz, -shən-ᵊl-\

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 …
  • ParentingAugust 1994

institutionalization

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

Law Dictionary

institutionalize

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

legal Definition of institutionalize

institutionalized; institutionalizing
:to put in the care of an institution — compare commit

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