Definition of institution in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnstɪˈtjuːʃ(ə)n/


1An organization founded for a religious, educational, professional, or social purpose: an academic institution a certificate from a professional institution
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  • Self-financing professional educational institutions are a challenge to ethical and social values.
  • Status rewards can flow from a variety of institutions including academic, professional, sporting and artistic bodies.
  • The club's volunteers have been highlighting domestic safety and evacuation drills, mainly in educational institutions and social organisations.
organization, establishment, institute, foundation, centre;
academy, school, college, university, conservatory, seminary, centre of learning, seat of learning;
society, association, federation, group, circle, fellowship, body, league, union, alliance, guild, consortium, concern, corporation
1.1An organization providing residential care for people with special needs: about 5 per cent of elderly people live in institutions
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  • We also looked at dedicated smoking rooms in hospital care institutions, residential disability care institutions, and rest homes.
  • Almost all outbreaks occurred in hospitals, residential care institutions and nursing homes and resulted in elective surgery being cancelled in several instances.
  • The volunteers participated in special projects at multiple institutions that care for children with special needs and orphans.
home, residential care organization
See also home, hospital, asylum, prison
1.2An established official organization having an important role in a society, such as the Church or parliament: the institutions of democratic government
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  • The authority lies with governments and other important institutions of society.
  • The wealth accrued by some churches made them powerful institutions and thus important political players.
  • In this sense, churches were institutions in civil society.
1.3A large company or other organization involved in financial trading: City institutions
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  • Little can be done to rein in personal borrowing as interest rates the only way to curb lending by financial institutions are set by the European Central Bank.
  • Eavesdropping can also be a problem in commercial buildings where financial institutions are housed.
  • High domestic savings encouraged financial institutions to lend beyond the limits of prudence.
2An established law or practice: the institution of marriage
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  • Amish communities routinely practice the institution of rumspringa (from the German herumspringen, to jump around).
  • As a matter of law, the institution of ‘marriage’ is itself the product, the creation, of the exercise of state power.
  • Thus, just as in the American South, Cherokee lawmakers would prohibit legal marriages between slaves and free people to preserve the institution of slavery.
practice, custom, phenomenon, fact, procedure, convention, usage, tradition, rite, ritual, fashion, use, habit, wont;
method, system, routine, way, policy, idea, notion, concept;
rule, law;
Latin modus operandi
formal praxis
2.1 informal A well-established and familiar person or custom: he soon became something of a national institution
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  • she is now considered as something of a "national institution".
  • Dress codes are a British institution, and the British love their uniforms.
  • Twenty-four years since he escaped death-by-civil-service in an employment office in Tooting, Merton, 47, is a bona fide British institution.
3 [mass noun] The action of instituting something: a delay in the institution of proceedings
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  • I do not believe there is a finding that institution of proceedings on one occasion made them troublesome tenants.
  • First of all, your Honour, we say this was not at the time of institution of these proceedings an inappropriate forum.
  • What will the institution of a practice doctorate do to that trend?
installation, instatement, induction, investiture, inauguration, introduction, swearing in, initiation;
ordination, consecration, anointing;
enthronement, coronation, crowning;
appointment, putting in, creation
initiation, launch, launching, start, starting, beginning, setting in motion, putting in motion, getting under way, getting going, getting off the ground, instigation, setting up, inauguration, founding, foundation, establishment, organization, activation, actuation, generation, origination
formal commencement


Late Middle English (in sense 2, sense 3): via Old French from Latin institutio(n-), from the verb instituere (see institute). sense 1 dates from the early 18th century.

Words that rhyme with institution

ablution, absolution, allocution, attribution, circumlocution, circumvolution, Confucian, constitution, contribution, convolution, counter-revolution, destitution, dilution, diminution, distribution, electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, pollution, prosecution, prostitution, restitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, solution, substitution, volution

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