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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun institution:


Institution is a member of the word family institute, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun institution

What does institution mean as a name of something?

Institution is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: institutions

  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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: establishment = a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
    • more specific terms:
  3. a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society
    • examples: the institution of marriage | the institution of slavery | he had become an institution in the theater
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: custom / tradition = a specific practice of long standing
    • more specific word: levirate = the biblical institution whereby a man must marry the widow of his childless brother in order to maintain the brother's line
  4. the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
  5. a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person


"Institution" is a musical album of Isam Bachiri.

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  1. Institution: An institution is any persistent structure or mechanism of social order governing the behaviour of a set of individuals within a given community. Institutions are identified with a social purpose, transcending individuals and intentions by mediating the rules that govern living behavior.
    • also known as Institutions
  2. The institution this person's education took place at. This can be for any level of eduction -- primary, secondary, or post-secondary.
  3. Institution: The notion of institution has been created by Joseph Goguen and Rod Burstall in the late 1970s in order to deal with the "population explosion among the logical systems used in computer science". The notion tries to capture the essence of the concept of "logical system". With this, it is possible to develop concepts of specification languages, proof calculi and even tools in a way completely independent of the underlying logical system. There are also morphisms that allow to relate and translate logical systems. Important applications of this are re-use of logical structure, heterogeneous specification and combination of logics. Recently, institutional model theory has generalized many notions and deep results of model theory.
  4. Institution: The school or other institution at which this posting occurred.
  5. Institution: The college or university that this department belongs to.
  6. Institution: The educational institution that the teams under this brand play for.

Phrases with Institution

  1. Royal Institution For Blind Youth
  2. penal institution
  3. mental institution
  4. thrift institution
  5. lending institution
  6. medical institution
  7. Academic institution
  8. financial institution
  9. educational institution
  10. correctional institution
  11. Acquiring Financial Institution
  12. depository financial institution
  13. nondepository financial institution

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Institution

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Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (1999)


The term newly insured institution means an institution that became an insured depository institution during the Semiannual...

Google previewInstitutions and the Path to the Modern Economy (2006)

Lessons from Medieval Trade by Avner Greif

An institution is a system of social factors that conjointly generate a regularity of behavior.1 Each component of this system is social in being a man-made, nonphysical factor that is exogenous to each individual whose behavior it influences.

Google previewEnvironmental Economics and the International Economy (2002)

by Laura Marsiliani, Michael Rauscher, Cees Withagen

The first trading institution is a cap-and-trade system: once the cap on emissions ( “the quota of permits” or “the assigned amount”) for each participating country is defined, quota exchanges are not restricted. In climate change, this idealized ...

Google previewJapan That Never Was, The (2012)

Explaining the Rise and Decline of a Misunderstood Country by Dick Beason, Dennis Patterson

The second financial institution is the Small Business Finance Corporation, which was founded in 1953 to provide long-term loans to small businesses to help them comply with government policies in such areas as pollution control and ...

Google previewDocuments from F. Taylor Ostrander at Oxford, John R. Commons' Reasonable Value, and Clarence E. Ayres' Last Course (2008)

by Warren J. Samuels, F. Taylor Ostrander, Clarence Edwin Ayres

An institution is a social apparatus of quite a different kind. Most people, if asked, would say institutions are such things as...

Google previewRalph Waldo Emerson's Self Reliance (2011)

A modern-day interpretation of a self-help classic by Andrew Holmes

an insTiTuTion is ThE lEnGThEnEd shadoW of onE man Armstrong 82 Ralph Waldo EmERson's SElF-rElIaNCE 37 An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.

Google previewIndian Social Problems (Vol-1) (1966)

Social Disorganization and Reconstruction by G.R. Madan

Open institution is a camp or building in the open country with no surrounding wall. Closed institution is a converted prison building, where maximum security can be afforded when necessary, though the main gates generally remain open and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Services Research (2009)

Ed. by Ross M. Mullner by Ross M. Mullner

Publications The Brookings Institution has a large number of outlets for the dissemination of its research efforts. The Brookings Bulletin, a quarterly launched in 1962, served as its house organ until 1982, when it was succeeded by the ...

Google previewThe Ultimate International Student Dictionary (2015)

by Study Destination USA

Coeducational: It simply means that both men and women are attending the institution and all classes.

higher education institution that offers undergraduate (Bachelor's), graduate (Master's), and Doctorate ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the IMF (2000)

by Norman K. Humphreys

Introduction In its more than fifty years of existence, the lntemational Monetary Fund has evolved from a small, obscure international agency, with new and uncertain responsibilities, into a powerful institution that today has assumed center ...

Google previewDictionary Of Social Work (2010)

The Definitive A to Z of Social Work and Social Care by John Pierson

young offender institution (YOI) a secure institution for young offenders serving custodial sentences, run by the prison service. They house young offenders aged from 15 to 20 serving detention and training orders and long-term detention ...

Google previewThe encyclopaedia of municipal and sanitary engineering (1910)

a handy working guide in all matters connected with municipal and sanitary engineering and administration by William Henry Maxwell, John Thomas Brown

Municipal Engineers, Institution of. — The Institution of Municipal Engineers was founded in May, 1908, with the object of providing a body representative of the profession of municipal engineering in all its branches, or, to quote the words ...

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Quotes about Institution

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet. (Mae West)
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Scrabble value of I1N1S1T1I1T1U1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 11-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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