Meaning of “institutionalize” in the English Dictionary

"institutionalize" in British English

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institutionalizeverb [ T ]

UK usually institutionalise uk /ˌɪn.stɪˈtʃuː.ʃən.ə.laɪz/ us /ˌɪn.stəˈtuː.ʃən.ə.laɪz/

(Definition of “institutionalize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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institutionalizeverb [ T ]

us /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.

(Definition of “institutionalize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)