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INSTITUTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does institution mean? 

INSTITUTION (noun)
  The noun INSTITUTION has 5 senses:

1. an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
2. an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated
3. a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society
4. the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
5. a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

  Familiarity information: INSTITUTION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSTITUTION (noun)


Sense 1institution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An organization founded and united for a specific purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

institution; establishment

Hypernyms ("institution" is a kind of...):

organisation; organization (a group of people who work together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "institution"):

educational institution (an institution dedicated to education)

vicariate; vicarship (the religious institution under the authority of a vicar)

faith; organized religion; religion (an institution to express belief in a divine power)

company (an institution created to conduct business)

charity (an institution set up to provide help to the needy)

issuer (an institution that issues something (securities or publications or currency etc.))

financial institution; financial organisation; financial organization (an institution (public or private) that collects funds (from the public or other institutions) and invests them in financial assets)

medical institution (an institution created for the practice of medicine)

academy; honorary society (an institution for the advancement of art or science or literature)


Sense 2institution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("institution" is a kind of...):

establishment (a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "institution"):

home; nursing home; rest home (an institution where people are cared for)

orphanage; orphans' asylum (a public institution for the care of orphans)

penal facility; penal institution (an institution where persons are confined for punishment and to protect the public)


Sense 3institution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

the institution of marriage / the institution of slavery / he had become an institution in the theater

Hypernyms ("institution" is a kind of...):

custom; tradition (a specific practice of long standing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "institution"):

levirate (the biblical institution whereby a man must marry the widow of his childless brother in order to maintain the brother's line)


Sense 4institution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

founding; instauration; origination; initiation; innovation; creation; institution; introduction; foundation

Context examples:

she looked forward to her initiation as an adult / the foundation of a new scientific society / he regards the fork as a modern introduction

Hypernyms ("institution" is a kind of...):

beginning; commencement; start (the act of starting something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "institution"):

authorship; paternity (the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing)


Sense 5institution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

psychiatric hospital; insane asylum; mental institution; mental home; mental hospital; asylum; institution

Hypernyms ("institution" is a kind of...):

hospital; infirmary (a health facility where patients receive treatment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "institution"):

Bedlam; booby hatch; crazy house; cuckoo's nest; funny farm; funny house; loony bin; madhouse; nut house; nuthouse; sanatorium; snake pit (pejorative terms for an insane asylum)


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