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"institution" in British English

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institutionnoun

uk   /ˌɪn.stɪˈtʃuː.ʃən/  us   /ˌɪn.stəˈtuː.ʃən/
  • institution noun (ORGANIZATION)

B2 [C] a large and important organization, such as a university or bank: a medical/educational/financial institution Harvard University is an internationally respected 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 long time and is accepted as an important part of a particular society: the venerable institution of marriagefigurative Mrs Daly is an institution - she's been with the company for 40 years and knows absolutely 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 public purpose such as education or support for people who need help: a charitable/educational/scientific institution
An institution of higher learning is a college or university.
  • institution noun [C] (CUSTOM)

a custom or practice that has existed for a long time and is accepted as an important part 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 spending cuts.
[C] a custom or tradition that has existed for a long time 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 quota system 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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