1. [ noun ] an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
Synonyms: establishment
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
Similar spelling:   institutional