Institution | Definition of Institution by Merriam-Webster

institution

noun
in·​sti·​tu·​tion | \ ˌin(t)-stə-ˈtü-shən How to pronounce institution (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of institution

1a : 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web With tens of thousands of animals housed within over 11 million gallons of water, this acclaimed institution is a veritable treasure trove of fascinating marine flora and fauna from all corners of the globe. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 30 May 2021 This venerable institution is entertaining even the tiniest children with free online projects — all accessible from its website — that range from writing lullabies to discovering the orchestra. New York Times, 20 May 2021 Staff are the lifeblood of this institution, and the culture needs to change to treat them accordingly. Bradford Fitch, Star Tribune, 17 May 2021 For anyone who has been going to Wells Street for decades, or followed the history of this singular Chicago institution, this was a moment for the history books, as significant a thing as one of the anniversaries and, in its way, far more emotional. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2021 In a time of constant reminders to wash our hands, this 145-year-old institution makes soap products for brands around the country. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2021 This Fort Lauderdale institution is celebrating with their 42nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Four-Day Fiesta, starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, and going through Wednesday, May 5. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Around the tragedy and uncertainty and production horrors (why, Steven Soderbergh, why!), this institution held steady. David Canfield, EW.com, 26 Apr. 2021 This institution has always rolled with the punches and punched back above our weight. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of institution

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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3 Jun 2021

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“Institution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/institution. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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institution

noun

English Language Learners Definition of institution

: 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

institution

noun
in·​sti·​tu·​tion | \ ˌin-stə-ˈtü-shən How to pronounce institution (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Kids Definition of institution

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

institution

noun
in·​sti·​tu·​tion | \ ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shən How to pronounce institution (audio) \

Medical Definition of institution

: 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

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institution

noun
in·​sti·​tu·​tion

Legal Definition of institution

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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