Institute or institution

Hi all,

If possible, please tell me again how to distinguish clearly the difference in meaning between " institute" and “institution” ?


Many thanks for all. I’ll return in 3 weeks.

Hi khan,
Here are your requests; for a quick glance at online dictionaries:

  1. Institute(ORGANIZATION)
    it means an organization whose purpose is to advance the study of a particular subject
    The National Institutes of Health fund medical research in many areas.

2)institution (ORGANIZATION)
it means an organization that exists to serve a public purpose such as education or support for people who need help .
a charitable/educational/scientific institution

An institution of higher learning is a college or university.

I wish you the best in your trip or absence.


I forgot that Mister Micawber had answered this question.

Thanks Mister Micawber

Very sorry.

N.B: Bara, you can also see the answer of Mister Micawber in “Some grammar points”.It’s very useful.