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noun institution pronunciation in American English /ˌɪnstɪˈtuʃ(ə)n/ 
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singularinstitution
pluralinstitutions

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  1. 1
    [countable] a large organization such as a bank, hospital, university, or prison

    a financial/educational/charitable institution

    institution of:

    an institution of higher education

  2. 2
    [countable] an important tradition on which society is based

    We need to respect their beliefs, traditions, and social institutions.

    institution of:

    the institution of marriage

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of institution
    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

      The librarian is a real institution in this school.

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

    the institution of a state lottery

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