HyperDic: institution

English > 5 senses of the word institution:
NOUNgroupinstitution, establishmentan organization founded and united for a specific purpose
artifactinstitutionan establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated
cognitioninstitutiona custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society
actinstitution, initiation, founding, foundation, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instaurationthe act of starting something for the first time
artifactinstitution, mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, mental home, insane asylum, asyluma hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
institution > pronunciation
Soundsih.nstihtuw'shahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > institution: 5 senses > noun 1, group
MeaningAn organization founded and united for a specific purpose.
Synonymestablishment
Narroweracademy, honorary societyAn institution for the advancement of art or science or literature
charityAn institution set up to provide help to the needy
companyAn institution created to conduct business
educational institutionAn institution dedicated to education
financial institution, financial organization, financial organisationAn institution (public or private) that collects funds (from the public / public or other institutions) and invests them in financial assets
issuerAn institution that issues something (securities or publications or currency etc.)
medical institutionAn institution created for the practice of medicine
religion, faith, organized religionAn institution to express belief in a divine power
vicariate, vicarshipThe religious institution under the authority of a vicar / vicar / vicar
Broaderorganization, organisationA group of people who work together
Spanishinstitución, instituto
Catalaninstitució
Adjectivesinstitutionalorganized as or forming an institution
institutionalrelating to or constituting / constituting or involving an institution
English > institution: 5 senses > noun 2, artifact
MeaningAn establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated.
Narrowerhome, nursing home, rest homeAn institution where people are cared for
orphanage, orphans' asylumA public institution for the care of orphans
penal institution, penal facilityAn institution where persons are confined for punishment and to protect the public
BroaderestablishmentA public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
Spanishinstitución
Catalaninstitució
Adjectivesinstitutionalrelating to or constituting / constituting or involving an institution
English > institution: 5 senses > noun 3, cognition
MeaningA 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"
NarrowerlevirateThe biblical institution whereby a man must marry the widow of his childless brother in order to maintain the brother's line
Broadercustom, traditionA specific practice of long standing
Spanishinstitución
English > institution: 5 senses > noun 4, act
MeaningThe act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new.
Synonymsinitiation, founding, foundation, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration
Narrowerauthorship, paternityThe act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing
Broaderbeginning, start, commencementThe act of starting something
Spanishcreación, fundación, iniciación, inicio, instauración, institución, introducción
Catalancreació, fundació, instauració, institució, introducció
Verbsinstituteset up or lay the groundwork for
institutionalisecause to be admitted
English > institution: 5 senses > noun 5, artifact
MeaningA hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person.
Synonymsmental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, mental home, insane asylum, asylum
NarrowerBedlam, booby hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny farm, funny house, loony bin, madhouse, nut house, nuthouse, sanatorium, snake pitpejorative terms for an insane asylum
Broaderhospital, infirmaryA health facility where patients receive treatment
Spanishhospital psiquiátrico, manicomio, psiquiátrico, siquiátrico
Catalanhospital psiquiàtric, manicomi, psiquiàtric
Adjectivesinstitutionalrelating to or constituting / constituting or involving an institution
Verbsinstitutionalize, institutionalisecause to be admitted

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