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Meaning of institutionalize

in•sti•tu•tion•al•ize

Pronunciation: (in"sti-t'shu-nl-īz", -ty'-), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to make institutional.
  2. to make into or treat as an institution: the danger of institutionalizing racism.
  3. to place or confine in an institution, esp. one for the care of mental illness, alcoholism, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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