Definitions for Institutionˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•sti•tu•tionˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-(n.)

  1. an organization or establishment devoted to the promotion of a cause or program, esp. one of a public, educational, or charitable character.

  2. the building devoted to such work.

  3. a place for the care or confinement of people, as mental patients.

  4. a well-established and structured pattern of behavior or of relationships that is accepted as a fundamental part of a culture:

    the institution of marriage.

    Category: Sociology

  5. any established law, custom, etc.

  6. any familiar, long-established person, thing, or practice; fixture.

  7. the act of instituting.

  8. the establishment by Christ of a sacrament, esp. the Eucharist. the investment of a cleric with a spiritual charge.

    Category: Religion

Origin of institution:

1350–1400; ME < L institūtiō


Princeton's WordNet

  1. institution, establishment(noun)

    an organization founded and united for a specific purpose

  2. institution(noun)

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

  3. institution(noun)

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

    "the institution of marriage"; "the institution of slavery"; "he had become an institution in the theater"

  4. initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration(noun)

    the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new

    "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult"; "the foundation of a new scientific society"

  5. mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum, asylum(noun)

    a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. institution(noun)ˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-

    an important educational or business organization

    leading financial institutions

  2. institutionˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-

    a tradition or way of living that has existed for a long time

    the institution of marriage

  3. institutionˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-

    the act of starting sth

    the institution of new rules

  4. institutionˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-

    an unpleasant place where people who have medical or mental problems live

    a mental institution


  1. institution(Noun)

    An established organisation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, culture or the care of the destitute, poor etc.

  2. institution(Noun)

    The building which houses such an organisation.

  3. institution(Noun)

    A custom or practice of a society or community - marriage for example.

  4. institution(Noun)

    A person long established with a certain place or position.

  5. institution(Noun)

    The act of instituting.

  6. institution(Noun)

    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. uE000140392uE001 Evelyn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Institution(noun)

    the act or process of instituting; as: (a) Establishment; foundation; enactment; as, the institution of a school

  2. Institution(noun)

    instruction; education

  3. Institution(noun)

    the act or ceremony of investing a clergyman with the spiritual part of a benefice, by which the care of souls is committed to his charge

  4. Institution(noun)

    that which instituted or established

  5. Institution(noun)

    established order, method, or custom; enactment; ordinance; permanent form of law or polity

  6. Institution(noun)

    an established or organized society or corporation; an establishment, especially of a public character, or affecting a community; a foundation; as, a literary institution; a charitable institution; also, a building or the buildings occupied or used by such organization; as, the Smithsonian Institution

  7. Institution(noun)

    anything forming a characteristic and persistent feature in social or national life or habits

  8. Institution(noun)

    that which institutes or instructs; a textbook; a system of elements or rules; an institute


  1. Institution

    An institution is any structure or mechanism of social order and cooperation governing the behaviour of a set of individuals within a given community — may it be human or a specific animal one. Institutions are identified with a social purpose, transcending individuals and intentions by mediating the rules that govern cooperative living behavior. The term "institution" is commonly applied to customs and behavior patterns important to a society, as well as to particular formal organizations of government and public services. As structures and mechanisms of social order among certain species, institutions are one of the principal objects of study in the social sciences, such as political science, anthropology, economics, and sociology. Institutions are also a central concern for law, the formal mechanism for political rule-making and enforcement.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Institution' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2053

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Institution' in Nouns Frequency: #386

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the act of instituting or process of being instituted.

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