institutionalize - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleinstitutionalizing
past tenseinstitutionalized
past participleinstitutionalized
  1. 1
    to put someone in an institution such as a prison or a hospital, especially for a long period of time
  2. 2
    to give something a formal or official structure

    We hope the new council will institutionalize an already cooperative relationship.