institutionalize Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “institutionalize” in the English Dictionary

"institutionalize" in British English

See all translations

institutionalizeverb [T]

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

institutionalize verb [T] (PLACE)

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

institutionalize verb [T] (CUSTOM)

to make something ​becomepart of a ​particularsociety, ​system, or ​organization: What was ​once an ​informalevent has now been institutionalized.
(Definition of institutionalize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"institutionalize" in American English

See all translations

institutionalizeverb [T]

 us   /ˌɪn·stəˈtu·ʃə·nəlˌɑɪz/
to ​send someone to ​stay or ​live in an institution, esp. a ​hospital for ​people who are ​mentallyill: Martin had to be institutionalized for several ​months during his last ​depression.
(Definition of institutionalize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “institutionalize”
in Chinese (Simplified) 地方, 把(某人)送到收容机构…
in Chinese (Traditional) 地方, 把(某人)送到收容機構…
What is the pronunciation of institutionalize?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More