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Meaning & Definition of Institution in English

English

Institution

/ɪnstɪtuʃən/

noun

1. An organization founded and united for a specific purpose

    synonym:
  • institution
  • ,
  • establishment

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

    synonym:
  • institution

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • institution

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • initiation
  • ,
  • founding
  • ,
  • foundation
  • ,
  • institution
  • ,
  • origination
  • ,
  • creation
  • ,
  • innovation
  • ,
  • introduction
  • ,
  • instauration

5. A hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

    synonym:
  • mental hospital
  • ,
  • psychiatric hospital
  • ,
  • mental institution
  • ,
  • institution
  • ,
  • mental home
  • ,
  • insane asylum
  • ,
  • asylum

Examples of using

The Royal House is an ancient institution.
All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution.