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Meaning of institution by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃən/, X-SAMPA: /%InstI"tju:S@n/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˌɪnstɪˈtuːʃən/, X-SAMPA: /%InstI"tu:S@n/


    institution ( plural: institutions )

    1. An established organisation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, culture or the care of the destitute, poor etc .
    2. The building which houses such an organisation .
    3. A custom or practice of a society or community - marriage for example .
    4. ( informal ) A person long established with a certain place or position .
    5. The act of instituting .
    6. ( obsolete ) That which institutes or instructs; a textbook or system of elements or rules .
      There is another manuscript, of above three hundred years old, […] being an institution of physic. — Evelyn .

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Explanation of institution by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of starting something for the first time

    2. an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated

    3. a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

    4. a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society

    5. the institution of marriage
      the institution of slavery
      he had become an institution in the theater
    6. an organization founded and united for a specific purpose