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noun institution pronunciation in British English /ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃ(ə)n/
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    [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
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      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.
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    [uncountable] the introduction of a system, rule, or policy
    institution of: the institution of a new health-care system


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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