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institutionalize

verb [T] uk ( UK usually institutionalise)   /ˌɪn.stɪˈtjuː.ʃən.ə.laɪz/ us    /-ˈtuː-/

institutionalize verb [T] (PLACE)

to send someone, especially someone who is not able to live independently, to live in an institution

institutionalize verb [T] (CUSTOM)

to make something become part of a particular society, system, or organization: What was once an informal event has now become institutionalized.
Translations of “institutionalize”
in Chinese (Traditional) 地方, 把(某人)送到收容機構…
in Chinese (Simplified) 地方, 把(某人)送到收容机构…
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