[in-sti-too-shuh-nl-ahyz, -tyoo-] /ˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃə nlˌaɪz, -ˈtyu-/

verb (used with object), institutionalized, institutionalizing.
to make .
to make into or treat as an :
the danger of institutionalizing racism.
to place or confine in an , especially one for the care of mental illness, alcoholism, etc.
(transitive; often passive) to subject to the deleterious effects of confinement in an institution: a mental patient who was institutionalized into boredom and apathy
(transitive) to place in an institution
to make or become an institution

“to put into institutional life” (usually deprecatory), 1905; see institution. Related: Institutionalized. Earlier (1865) it meant “to make into an institution.”

institutionalize in·sti·tu·tion·a·lize (ĭn’stĭ-tōō’shə-nə-līz’, -tyōō’-)
v. in·sti·tu·tion·al·ized, in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing, in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·es
To place a person in the care of an institution, especially one providing care for the disabled or mentally ill.
in’sti·tu’tion·al·i·za’tion (-shə-nə-lĭ-zā’shən) n.


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