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English definition of “institutionalize”

institutionalize

verb [T]    /ˌɪn·stəˈtu·ʃə·nəlˌɑɪz/
to send someone to stay or live in an institution, esp. a hospital for people who are mentally ill: Martin had to be institutionalized for several months during his last depression.
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