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institution

in·sti·tu·tion

institution

 
pronunciation:
In stih tu shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an organization set up for a specific purpose, usu. of public service, such as a hospital or school.
similar words:
agency, foundation, institute
definition 2: a prison, mental hospital, or other place of confinement.
definition 3: an established or customary activity or law in a society.
the former institution of slavery
definition 4: any social custom or convention.
similar words:
rite
definition 5: the act of establishing or setting in progress.
similar words:
foundation, introduction
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