Definition of institutionalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    institutionalize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˌɪnstəˈtuʃənəˌlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they institutionalize
     
    he / she / it institutionalizes
     
    past simple institutionalized
     
    -ing form institutionalizing
     
     
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  1. 1 institutionalize somebody to send someone who is not capable of living independently to live in a special building (= an institution) especially when it is for a long period of time
  2. 2institutionalize something to make something become part of an organized system, society, or culture, so that it is considered normal
institutionalization
 
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NAmE//ˌɪnstəˌtuʃənələˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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