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English definition of “institution”

institution

noun [C] (CUSTOM)    /ˌɪn.stɪˈtjuː.ʃən/ US  /-ˈtuː-/
C2 a custom or tradition that has existed for a long time and is accepted as an important part of a particular society : the venerable institution of marriage figurative Mrs Daly is an institution - she's been with the company 40 years and knows absolutely everyone.Custom, tradition and conformity
(Definition of institution noun (CUSTOM) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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