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Noun institution has 5 senses
  1. institution, establishment - an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
    --1 is a kind of organization, organisation
    --1 has particulars:
     medical institution; financial institution, financial organization, financial organisation; issuer; charity; company; religion, faith; vicariate, vicarship; educational institution; academy, honorary society
  2. institution - an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated
    --2 is a kind of
    --2 has particulars:
     home, nursing home, rest home; orphanage, orphans' asylum; penal institution, penal facility
  3. institution - 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"
    --3 is a kind of
    custom, tradition
    --3 has particulars: levirate
  4. initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration - 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"
    --4 is a kind of beginning, start, commencement
    --4 has particulars: authorship, paternity
    Derived forms: verb institute1, verb institutionalise1
  5. mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum, asylum - a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
    --5 is a kind of hospital, infirmary
    --5 has particulars:
     Bedlam, booby hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny farm, funny house, loony bin, madhouse, nut house, nuthouse, sanatorium, snake pit
    Derived forms: verb institutionalize1, verb institutionalise1
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