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noun institution pronunciation in British English /ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a large organization such as a bank, hospital, university, or prison
    institution of:

    an institution of higher education

    1. a.
      a hospital or other building where people are looked after for a long time, for example if they are disabled or mentally ill
  2. 2
    [countable] an important tradition on which society is based
    institution of:

    the institution of marriage

    1. a.
      often humorous someone or something that has been in a particular job or place for such a long time that you cannot remember a time when they were not there

      She was an institution in our community where she lived for 40 years.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the introduction of a system, rule, or policy
    institution of:

    the institution of a new health-care system


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