- to make into or consider as an institution
- to place in an institution, as for treatment or detention
transitive verbin·sti·tu·tion·al·ized, in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing, in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·es
- To make into, treat as, or give the character of an institution to: “The Irish institutionalized their language, requiring it on official documents” (Mark Abley).
- To place (a person) in the care of an institution.