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Meaning of “institution” in the English Dictionary

"institution" in British English

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institutionnoun

uk   /ˌɪn.stɪˈtjuː.ʃən/  us   /-ˈtuː-/
  • institution noun (ORGANIZATION)

B2 [C] a ​large and ​importantorganization, such as a ​university or ​bank: a ​medical/​educational/​financial institution Harvard University is an ​internationallyrespected institution.

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  • institution noun (PLACE)

B2 [C] mainly disapproving a ​building where ​people are ​sent to be ​cared for, ​especially a ​hospital or ​prison
  • institution noun (CUSTOM)

C2 [C] a ​custom or ​tradition that has ​existed for a ​longtime and is ​accepted as an ​importantpart of a ​particularsociety: the ​venerable institution of ​marriagefigurative Mrs Daly is an institution - she's been with the ​company for 40 ​years and ​knowsabsolutely everyone.
(Definition of institution from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"institution" in American English

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institutionnoun [C]

 us   /ˌɪn·stɪˈtu·ʃən/
  • institution noun [C] (ORGANIZATION)

an ​organization that ​exists to ​serve a ​publicpurpose such as ​education or ​support for ​people who need ​help: a ​charitable/​educational/​scientific institution An institution of ​higherlearning is a ​college or ​university.
  • institution noun [C] (CUSTOM)

a ​custom or ​practice that has ​existed for a ​longtime and is ​accepted as an ​importantpart of a ​society: the institution of ​marriage
(Definition of institution from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"institution" in Business English

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institutionnoun

uk   us   /ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃən/
[C] a large and important ​organization, such as a ​bank: Traders said a ​certain institution had been ​trying to ​sell a lot of ​shares. Various City institutions were involved in the ​deal. Many government institutions will be affected by the ​spendingcuts.
[C] a ​custom or tradition that has existed for a ​longtime and is ​accepted as an important ​part of a particular ​society: the institution of marriage
[U] the ​introduction of a ​law, ​system, etc.: Many are now ​calling for the institution of a ​quotasystem in Parliament and other ​political bodies to ensure ​equality.
(Definition of institution from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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