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institution

Overview

This page has 14 definitions of institution with English translations in 4 languages. Institution is a noun. Examples of how to use institution in a sentence are shown. Also define these 45 related words and terms: custom, practice, society, community, marriage, organization, similarly, long, establish, respect, particularly, one, involve, education, public service, charity, work, building, house, such, other, place, business, clip joint, person, position, field, any old, act, instituting, something, Christianity, bishop, commit, cure, soul, priest, institute, instruct, textbook, system, element, rule, institution, and department.

See also: Institution

English

Etymology

From Middle English institucioun, from Old French institution, from Latin institūtiō, from instituō (to set up), from in- (in, on) + statuō (to set up, establish).

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Noun

institution (countable and uncountable, plural institutions)

  1. A custom or practice of a society or community.
    The institution of marriage is present in many cultures but its details vary widely across them.
  2. An organization similarly long established and respected, particularly one involved with education, public service, or charity work.
    The University of the South Pacific is the only internationally-accredited institution of higher education in Oceania.
    • Public Service definition
      A service performed for the public good, especially by a nonprofit organization but sometimes also provided by a for-profit enterprise or a trade association. (1 of 4 public service definitions)
    • Charity definition
      An organization, the objective of which is to carry out a charitable purpose. (1 of 5 charity definitions)
  3. The building or buildings which house such an organization.
    He's been in an institution since the crash.
    • Such definition
      Like this, that, these, those; used to make a comparison with something implied by context. (1 of 4 such definitions)
  4. (informal) Other places or businesses similarly long established and respected.
    Over time, the local pub has become something of an institution.
    • 2009 February 19, Gareth Lewis, Southern Daily Echo:
      "They have turned a great old English institution into a shameful clip-joint. It's a shuddering, howling tragedy."
    • Clip Joint definition
      An establishment, usually a strip club or bar, in which customers are tricked into paying money only to receive poor goods or services or none at all.
  5. (informal) A person similarly long established in a place, position, or field.
    She's not just any old scholar; she is an institution.
  6. The act of instituting something.
    The institution of higher speed limits was a popular move but increased the severity of crashes.
    • 1894, James George Frazer, The Golden Bough[1]:
      Accordingly if we can show that a barbarous custom, like that of the priesthood of Nemi, has existed elsewhere; if we can detect the motives which led to its institution; if we can prove that these motives have operated widely, perhaps universally, in human society...
  7. (Christianity) The act by which a bishop commits a cure of souls to a priest.
    • Soul definition
      The spirit or essence of a person usually thought to consist of one's thoughts and personality. Often believed to live on after the person's death. (1 of 7 soul definitions)
  8. (obsolete) That which institutes or instructs, particularly a textbook or system of elements or rules.

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References

  • institution at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • institution in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • "institution" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 168.
  • institution in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • institution in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Danish

Etymology

From Latin īnstitūtiō.

Noun

institution c (singular definite institutionen, plural indefinite institutioner)

  1. institution

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Derived terms

  • institutionalisere
  • institutionalisering
  • institutionel
  • institutionsbarn
  • institutionskøkken
  • institutionsophold
  • institutionsplads
  • institutionspræg
  • institutionstakst
  • uddannelsesinstitution
  • undervisningsinstitution
 

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French

Etymology

From Latin īnstitūtiō.

Pronunciation

Noun

institution f (plural institutions)

  1. institution

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Swedish

Etymology

From Latin īnstitūtiō.

Noun

institution c

  1. an institution (an established organization)
  2. an institution (a habit)
  3. an institution (a person)
  4. a department (at a university)
    datavetenskapliga institutionen
    department of computer science
    institutionen för fysik
    department of physics

Declension

Declension of institution 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative institution institutionen institutioner institutionerna
Genitive institutions institutionens institutioners institutionernas

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