|1.||[ noun ] an organization founded and united for a specific purpose|
|Related terms:||organization company religion educational_institution academy vicariate charity issuer financial_institution medical_institution|
|2.||[ noun ] an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated|
|Related terms:||establishment home penal_institution orphanage|
|3.||[ noun ] the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new|
|Synonyms:||creation founding initiation introduction origination innovation instauration foundation|
"she looked forward to her initiation as an adult" "the foundation of a new scientific society" "he regards the fork as a modern introduction"
|Related terms:||beginning authorship establish establish originate introduce commit initiate|
|4.||[ noun ] a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society|
"the institution of marriage" "the institution of slavery" "he had become an institution in the theater"
|Related terms:||custom levirate|
|5.||[ noun ] (medicine) a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person|
|Synonyms:||mental_institution psychiatric_hospital mental_home insane_asylum asylum mental_hospital|
|Related terms:||hospital Bedlam commit|