Institution definition

ĭnstĭ-to͝oshən, -tyo͝o-
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An instituting or being instituted; establishment.
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The definition of an institution is an established custom or practice, or a group of people that was formed for a specific reason or a building that houses the group of people.

Marriage is an example of a cultural institution.

A town council is an example of an institution of government.

A place where those who are mentally ill go for treatment is an example of an institution.

A school where people go to learn is an example of an educational institution.

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The building which houses such an organisation.
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An established law, custom, practice, system, etc.
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A company holding assets for others. Institutions include banks, insurance companies, pension funds, and mutual funds. The term also is used in the trading context to talk about the companies that trade securities in very large volumes.
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An established organization or foundation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, or culture.
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An organization, society, or corporation having a public purpose, as a school, church, bank, hospital, etc.
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A custom, practice, relationship, or behavioral pattern of importance in the life of a community or society.

The institutions of marriage and the family.

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An established organisation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, culture or the care of the destitute, poor etc.
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A custom or practice of a society or community, marriage for example.
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The act of instituting.

The institution of reforms.

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The act of instituting.

The institution of reforms.

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(informal) One long associated with a specified place, position, or function.
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The building or buildings housing such an organization.
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A place for the care of persons who are destitute, disabled, or mentally ill.
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A person or thing long established in a place.
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The building housing such an organization; often, specif., such a place where persons are kept or confined, as a mental hospital, nursing home, prison, etc.
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(informal) One long associated with a specified place, position, or function.
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An established organization or foundation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, or culture.
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A building or complex of buildings housing such an organization.
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A building or complex of buildings housing people who need special services, such as orphans or people with mental disabilities.
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(informal) A person long established with a certain place or position.
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The act of instituting.
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A custom, practice, relationship, or behavioral pattern of importance in the life of a community or society.

The institutions of marriage and the family.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
institution
Plural:
institutions

Origin of institution

  • From Old French institution, from Latin institutio, from instituere (“to set up”), from in (“in, on”) + statuere (“to set up, establish”).

    From Wiktionary