transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1865 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 put in the care of an institution <
institutionalize alcoholics
institutionalization noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • institutionalize — (also institutionalise) ► VERB 1) establish as a norm in an organization or culture: claims that racism is institutionalized in education. 2) place in a residential institution. 3) (be/become institutionalized) suffer the adverse effects of long… …   English terms dictionary

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  • institutionalize — UK [ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃ(ə)nəˌlaɪz] / US [ˌɪnstɪˈtuʃən(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms institutionalize : present tense I/you/we/they institutionalize he/she/it institutionalizes present participle institutionalizing past tense institutionalized… …   English dictionary

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  • institutionalize — in|sti|tu|tion|al|ize also institutionalise BrE [ˌınstıˈtju:ʃənəlaız US ˈtu: ] v [T] 1.) old fashioned to put someone in an institution for old people, a mental hospital etc 2.) to make something a normal, accepted part of a social system or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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