institution

noun

in·​sti·​tu·​tion ˌin(t)-stə-ˈtü-shən How to pronounce institution (audio)
-ˈtyü-
1
a
: an established organization or corporation (such as a bank or university) especially of a public character
financial institutions
b
: a facility or establishment in which people (such as the sick or needy) live and receive care typically in a confined setting and often without individual consent
… the testator disinherited her siblings over their efforts to have her committed to a mental institution in the wake of several suicide attempts.William M. McGovern, Jr.
c
: 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
2
: an act of instituting : establishment

Examples of institution in a Sentence

banks and other financial institutions an institution of higher learning Family visits are a Thanksgiving institution. She's not interested in the institution of marriage. The play has become something of an institution on Broadway. the institution of new rules and regulations
Recent Examples on the Web While the rules may vary depending on the institution, there are basic guidelines. Jazmin Towe, Parents, 19 Apr. 2024 Of course, not all institutions have the resources to employ thousands of students themselves. Byjane Swift, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2024 Unfortunately, the institution he’s employed by is under critical review by government authorities, and in sore need of good PR. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 18 Apr. 2024 National institutions were the lowest across the spectrum. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2024 His post—which was inaccurate in that E.U. institutions have committed close to twenty billion dollars more than the U.S. to Ukraine—stopped short of attacking Johnson or directly calling for the bill’s defeat. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2024 Discarding high-value cards—including strong alliances and influence in international institutions—would be a serious mistake. TIME, 17 Apr. 2024 In an institution known for its curveballs as much as tradition, one thing is certain. Emma Bowman, NPR, 17 Apr. 2024 Some accused him of degrading the institution of the Senate and the Constitution itself. Luke Broadwater, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of institution was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Institution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/institution. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

institution

noun
in·​sti·​tu·​tion ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shən How to pronounce institution (audio)
1
: the act of instituting : establishment
2
: an established custom, practice, or law in a society or culture
the institution of marriage
turkey dinner is a Thanksgiving institution
3
a
: an established organization or corporation and especially one of a public nature
educational institutions
a financial institution
institutional
-shnəl
-shən-ᵊl
adjective
institutionally
adverb

Medical Definition

institution

noun
in·​sti·​tu·​tion ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shən How to pronounce institution (audio)
: a facility or establishment in which people (such as the sick or needy) live and receive care typically in a confined setting and often without individual consent
a mental institution

Legal Definition

institution

noun
in·​sti·​tu·​tion
1
: the act of instituting
2
: a significant practice, relationship, or organization in a society or culture
the institution of marriage
3
: an established organization or corporation especially of a public character
specifically : a facility for the treatment or training of persons with mental deficiencies

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