an organization, establishment, foundation, society, or the like, devoted to the promotion of a particular cause or program, especially one of a public, educational, or charitable character: This college is the best institution of its kind.
the building occupied by such an establishment.
a public or private place for the care or confinement of inmates, especially mental patients or other persons with physical or mental disabilities.
Sociology. a well-established and structured pattern of behavior or of relationships that is accepted as a fundamental part of a culture, as marriage: the institution of the family.
any established law, custom, etc.
any familiar, long-established person, thing, or practice; fixture.
the act of instituting or setting up; establishment: the institution of laws.
the origination of the Eucharist, and enactment of its observance, by Christ.
the investment of a member of the clergy with a spiritual charge.
- coun·ter·in·sti·tu·tion, noun
- non·in·sti·tu·tion, noun
- re·in·sti·tu·tion, noun
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How to use institution in a sentence
This left lower-tier institutions with a “deficit” of students, according to Hargreaves, who adds that some institutions have seen their pool of potential students decrease by 50 percent.UK Universities Predicted a COVID-19 Crash. They Got the Opposite | Fiona Zublin | September 17, 2020 | Ozy
So, I think that to create institutions that are trustworthy is probably the most important thing.Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | September 17, 2020 | Freakonomics
At the end of the story, I asked which institution would be the first to break that unfortunate streak.New Citi CEO Jane Fraser gives Wall Street banks a fresh perspective | Claire Zillman, reporter | September 11, 2020 | Fortune
Hence, smart corporate institutions and businesses use online course platforms to provide learning opportunities for willing learners and also turn them to leads.Inbound marketing for brand awareness: Four up-to-date ways to do it | Ali Faagba | September 11, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
The institution is testing a second housing unit, Bureau of Prisons spokesman Emery Nelson wrote in an e-mail.Federal Jail Downtown Now Has One of the Country’s Worst COVID Outbreaks | Maya Srikrishnan | September 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
“The institution of marraige [sic] is under attack in our society and it needs to be strengthened,” Bush wrote.
What 15 months in a federal correction institution will be like, according to a man who counsels to-be inmates.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’ | Michael Howard | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Marriott, with its deep history in the Mormon faith, portrays itself as a deeply ethical institution.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security | Kyle Chayka | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate institution.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality | E.J. Graff | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Because the shop was emblematic of that peculiar Italian institution known as La Faccia: i.e. presenting the best face possible.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo | Felice Picano | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was one of the founders of Andover theological seminary, and contributed altogether about $125,000 to that institution.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The conception of the relation of this institution with them as co-operative makes headway slowly.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
The member banks should look upon the reserve bank not as an alien but as their own institution.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
That—and no existing institution and no current issue—is the primary concern of the present age.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Bobby attended this institution of learning with his particular chum and the boys had no end of good times.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
British Dictionary definitions for institution
the act of instituting
an organization or establishment founded for a specific purpose, such as a hospital, church, company, or college
the building where such an organization is situated
an established custom, law, or relationship in a society or community
Also called: institutional investor a large organization, such as an insurance company, bank, or pension fund, that has substantial sums to invest on a stock exchange
informal a constant feature or practice: Jones' drink at the bar was an institution
the appointment or admission of an incumbent to an ecclesiastical office or pastoral charge
Christian theol the creation of a sacrament by Christ, esp the Eucharist
- institutionary, adjective
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