Definition of institution :
1. An established or organized society or corporation; an establishment, especially of a public character, or affecting a community; a foundation; as, a literary institution; a charitable institution; also, a building or the buildings occupied or used by such organization; as, the Smithsonian Institution.
2. Anything forming a characteristic and persistent feature in social or national life or habits.
3. Established order, method, or custom; enactment; ordinance; permanent form of law or polity.
4. Instruction; education.
5. That which instituted or established
6. That which institutes or instructs; a textbook; a system of elements or rules; an institute.
7. The act or ceremony of investing a clergyman with the spiritual part of a benefice, by which the care of souls is committed to his charge.
8. The act or process of instituting; as: ( a) Establishment; foundation; enactment; as, the institution of a school.
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- The words of institution mean: My body, which is given for you, is what bread is, a food, i. - "Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church", Friedrich Bente.
- It is supposed to be a separate institution. - "The Red Conspiracy", Joseph J. Mereto.
- In fact science is now a social institution, as much as religion. - "A History of Freedom of Thought", John Bagnell Bury.