institution Definition

  • 1an established organization, especially one providing a public service, and the rules that govern it
  • 2a significant practice, relationship, or organization in a society or culture

Using institution: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "institution" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The institution of marriage has been around for centuries.

  • Example

    The university is a respected institution of higher learning.

  • Example

    The government is responsible for maintaining institutions like hospitals and schools.

institution Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using institution

  • to become accustomed to living in an institution or to become part of a system or establishment


    After spending years in prison, he became institutionalized and found it difficult to adjust to life on the outside.

  • the collective knowledge and experience of an organization or group, especially when passed down from one generation to the next


    The company's institutional memory helped them avoid making the same mistakes as their predecessors.

  • a pattern of discrimination based on race that is built into the policies and practices of social institutions such as schools, businesses, and governments


    Many people believe that institutional racism is still a major problem in the United States.

Phrases with institution

  • an organization that deals with financial transactions such as banks, credit unions, and investment companies


    I need to go to the financial institution to deposit my paycheck.

  • an organization that preserves, promotes, or celebrates aspects of a society's culture, such as museums, libraries, and theaters


    The Smithsonian Institution is a well-known cultural institution in the United States.

  • institution of slavery

    the practice of owning human beings as property, which was legal in many parts of the world until the 19th century


    The institution of slavery was abolished in the United States after the Civil War.

Origins of institution

from Latin 'institutio', meaning 'establishment'


Summary: institution in Brief

An 'institution' [ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃn] refers to an established organization or significant practice in a society. It can be a public service, such as hospitals and schools, or cultural organizations like museums and libraries. 'Institution' also extends to idioms like 'institutionalized,' referring to becoming accustomed to living in an institution, and 'institutional memory,' denoting the collective knowledge and experience of an organization.

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