Definition of institutionalize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    institutionalize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstɪˈtuːʃənəlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they institutionalize
    BrE BrE//ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstɪˈtuːʃənəlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it institutionalizes
    BrE BrE//ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstɪˈtuːʃənəlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple institutionalized
    BrE BrE//ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstɪˈtuːʃənəlaɪzd//
     
    past participle institutionalized
    BrE BrE//ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstɪˈtuːʃənəlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form institutionalizing
    BrE BrE//ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstɪˈtuːʃənəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1institutionalize somebody to send somebody 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
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