Pronunciation: (in"sti-tOO'shu-nl-īz", -tyOO'-), [key]
—v.t., -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. Also, esp. Brit.,in"sti•tu'tion•al•ise".
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