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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.
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