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 for institution
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Institution \In`sti*tu"tion\, n. [L. institutio: cf. F.
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     1. The act or process of instituting; as:
        (a) Establishment; foundation; enactment; as, the
            institution of a school.
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                  The institution of God's law is described as
                  being established by solemn injunction.
        (b) Instruction; education. [Obs.] --Bentley.
        (c) (Eccl. Law) 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.
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     2. That which instituted or established; as:
        (a) Established order, method, or custom; enactment;
            ordinance; permanent form of law or polity.
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                  The nature of our people,
                  Our city's institutions.          --Shak.
        (b) 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.
        (c) Anything forming a characteristic and persistent
            feature in social or national life or habits.
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                  We ordered a lunch (the most delightful of
                  English institutions, next to dinner) to be
                  ready against our return.         --Hawthorne.
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     3. That which institutes or instructs; a textbook; a system
        of elements or rules; an institute. [Obs.]
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              There is another manuscript, of above three hundred
              years old, . . . being an institution of physic.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
           [syn: institution, establishment]
      2: an establishment consisting of a building or complex of
         buildings where an organization for the promotion of some
         cause is situated
      3: 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
      4: 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" [syn:
         initiation, founding, foundation, institution,
         origination, creation, innovation, introduction,
      5: a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
         [syn: mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental
         institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  158 Moby Thesaurus words for "institution":
     A, academy, act, agency, alpha, apostolic orders, appointment,
     asylum, atelier, barbershop, beauty parlor, beauty shop, beginning,
     bench, bill, blast-off, butcher shop, bylaw, calling, canon,
     canonization, ceremonial, ceremony, college, commencement, company,
     concern, conferment, consecration, constitution, corporation,
     creation, custom, cutting edge, dawn, decree, desk, dictate,
     dictation, doctrine, dogma, duty, edge, edict, effectuation,
     election, enactment, establishing, establishment, facility, firm,
     fixture, flying start, form, form of worship, formality, formation,
     forming, formula, formulary, foundation, founding, fresh start,
     function, habit, holy orders, holy rite, home, hospital, house,
     inauguration, inception, induction, installation, institute,
     introduction, investiture, jump-off, jus, kick-off, law,
     leading edge, legislation, lex, liturgy, loft, major orders,
     materialization, measure, minor orders, mode of worship, mystery,
     new departure, nomination, observance, office, oncoming, onset,
     opening, ordainment, order of worship, orders, ordinance,
     ordination, ordonnance, organization, origin, origination,
     outbreak, outset, parlor, practice, preferment, prescribed form,
     prescript, prescription, presentation, reading in, realization,
     regulation, rite, ritual, ritual observance, rituality, routine,
     rubric, rule, ruling, running start, sacrament, sacramental,
     school, send-off, service, setting in motion, setting-up, shop,
     solemnity, square one, standing order, start, start-off,
     starting point, statute, studio, sweatshop, take-off, tradition,
     university, work site, work space, workbench, workhouse,
     working space, workplace, workroom, workshop, worktable

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INSTITUTION, eccl. law. The act by which the ordinary commits the cure of 
  souls to a person presented to a benefice. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INSTITUTION, political law. That which has been established and settled by 
  law for the public good; as, the American institutions guaranty to the 
  citizens all privileges and immunities essential to freedom. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INSTITUTION, practice. The commencement of an action; as, A B has instituted 
  a suit against C D, to recover damages for a trespass. 

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