institution


institution
in|sti|tu|tion
W1 [ˌınstıˈtju:ʃən US -ˈtu:-] n
1.)
a large organization that has a particular kind of work or purpose
financial/educational/research etc institution
the Government and other political institutions
powerful institutions such as world banks
the Institution of Electrical Engineers
2.)
an important system of organization in society that has existed for a long time
social institutions such as the family and religion
the institution of marriage/monarchy etc
The scandal threatened to undermine the institution of the Presidency.
3.)
a building that people are sent to when they need to be looked after, for example old people or children with no parents - often used to show disapproval
I was determined not to put my mother in an institution.
a mental institution (=for the mentally ill)
4.) [U]
when something is started or introduced, especially something relating to the law or politics
institution of
the institution of divorce proceedings
5.) be an institution
if a person, place, event etc is an institution, they have been an important part of a place for a very long time - often used humorously
The British pub isn't just somewhere to drink - it's an institution.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • institution — [ ɛ̃stitysjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1190; lat. institutio I ♦ 1 ♦ Rare Action d instituer. ⇒ création, établissement, fondation. L institution d une fête annuelle, d une commission d enquête. L institution du calendrier grégorien en 1582. « l institution du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • institution — in‧sti‧tu‧tion [ˌɪnstˈtjuːʆn ǁ ˈtuː ] noun 1. [countable] a large important organization: • Japanese institutions are steadily increasing their presence in Europe. • the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors deˈpository instiˌtution… …   Financial and business terms

  • institution — Institution. s. f. v. Action par laquelle on instituë, on establit. L Institution des jeux Olympiques. l institution d un tel Ordre. l institution des Pairs de France, du Parlement. les paroles sont de l institution des hommes. c est une loüable …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Institution — In sti*tu tion, n. [L. institutio: cf. F. institution.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or process of instituting; as: (a) Establishment; foundation; enactment; as, the institution of a school. [1913 Webster] The institution of God s law is described… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • institution — institution, social institution The use of the term institution in sociology, meaning established aspects of society, is close to that in common English usage. However, there have been some changes over time in the exact conceptualization of the… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • institution — in·sti·tu·tion n 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 esp. of a public character; specif: a facility… …   Law dictionary

  • Institution — (v. lat. Institutio), 1) Einsetzung, Einrichtung, bes. die politischen Einrichtungen eines Staates, welche die Rechte u. Freiheiten der Staatsbürger der Regierung gegenüber garantiren sollen; 2) Beförderung zu einem Amte od. einer Kirchenpfründe; …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Institution — (lat.), Stiftung, Anordnung, Einrichtung, bes. Staats und bürgerliche Einrichtung; auch Einsetzung in ein Amt. Institutionen, Unterweisungen, Teil des Corpus juris, welcher eine enzyklopäd. Übersicht des röm. Rechts enthält, unter Justinian 533… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • institution — c.1400, action of establishing or founding (a system of government, a religious order, etc.), from O.Fr. institucion foundation; thing established, from L. institutionem (nom. institutio) disposition, arrangement; instruction, education, noun of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Institution — [Network (Rating 5600 9600)] …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • institution — ► NOUN 1) an important organization or public body, such as a university, bank, hospital, or Church. 2) an organization providing residential care for people with special needs. 3) an established law or custom. 4) informal a well established and… …   English terms dictionary


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