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Dictionary definition for: Institution

1. (n) an organization founded and united for a specific purpose

2. (n) an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated

3. (n) 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"

4. (n) the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new; "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult" "the foundation of a new scientific society" "he regards the fork as a modern introduction"

5. (n) a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

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