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From Old French institution, from Latin institutio, from instituere (to set up), from in (in, on) + statuere (to set up, establish).



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institution (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.
  3. The building or buildings which house such an organization.
    He's been in an institution since the crash.
  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."
  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.
  7. (obsolete) That which institutes or instructs, particularly a textbook or system of elements or rules.


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From Latin institutionem (accusative of institutio).


institution f (plural institutions)

  1. institution

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

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