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institution

noun in·sti·tu·tion \ˌin(t)-stə-ˈtü-shən, -ˈtyü-\

: an established organization

: a place where an organization takes care of people for a usually long period of time

: a custom, practice, or law that is accepted and used by many people

Full Definition of INSTITUTION

1
:  an act of instituting :  establishment
2
a :  a significant practice, relationship, or organization in a society or culture <the institution of marriage>; also :  something or someone firmly associated with a place or thing <she has become an institution in the theater>
b :  an established organization or corporation (as a bank or university) especially of a public character; also :  asylum 4
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Examples of INSTITUTION

  1. banks and other financial institutions
  2. an institution of higher learning
  3. Family visits are a Thanksgiving institution.
  4. She's not interested in the institution of marriage.
  5. The play has become something of an institution on Broadway.
  6. the institution of new rules and regulations

First Known Use of INSTITUTION

14th century
INSTITUTION Defined for Kids

institution

noun in·sti·tu·tion \ˌin-stə-ˈtü-shən, -ˈtyü-\

Definition of INSTITUTION for Kids

1
:  the beginning or establishment of something <the institution of new rules>
2
:  an established custom, practice, or law <Turkey dinners are a Thanksgiving institution.>
3
:  an established organization <business institutions>
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