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institutionalize

[ in-sti-too-shuh-nl-ahyz, -tyoo- ]
/ 藢瑟n st瑟藞tu 蕛蓹 nl藢a瑟z, -藞tyu- /
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verb (used with object), in路sti路tu路tion路al路ized, in路sti路tu路tion路al路iz路ing.
to make institutional.
to make into or treat as an institution: the danger of institutionalizing racism.
to place or confine in an institution, especially one for the care of mental illness, alcoholism, etc.
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Also especially British, in路sti路tu路tion路al路ise .

Origin of institutionalize

First recorded in 1860鈥65; institutional + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM institutionalize

in路sti路tu路tion路al路i路za路tion [in-sti-too-shuh-nl-ahy-zey-shuhn, -tyoo-], /藢瑟n st瑟藢tu 蕛蓹 nl藢a瑟藞ze瑟 蕛蓹n, -藢tyu-/, noun
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How to use institutionalize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for institutionalize

institutionalize

institutionalise

/ (藢瑟nst瑟藞tju藧蕛蓹n蓹藢la瑟z) /

verb
(tr; often passive) to subject to the deleterious effects of confinement in an institutiona mental patient who was institutionalized into boredom and apathy
(tr) to place in an institution
to make or become an institution

Derived forms of institutionalize

institutionalization or institutionalisation, noun
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