verb in·sti·tute \ˈin(t)-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

: to begin or create (something, such as a new law, rule, or system)


Full Definition of INSTITUTE

transitive verb
:  to establish in a position or office
a :  to originate and get established :  organize
b :  to set going :  inaugurate <instituting an investigation>
in·sti·tut·er or in·sti·tu·tor \-ˌtü-tər, -ˌtyü-\ noun

Examples of INSTITUTE

  1. By instituting these programs, we hope to improve our children's education.
  2. They have instituted new policies to increase public safety.


Middle English, from Latin institutus, past participle of instituere, from in- + statuere to set up — more at statute
First Known Use: 14th century



: an organization created for a particular purpose (such as research or education)

Full Definition of INSTITUTE

:  something that is instituted: as
a (1) :  an elementary principle recognized as authoritative
(2) plural :  a collection of such principles and precepts; especially :  a legal compendium
b :  an organization for the promotion of a cause :  association <a research institute> <an institute for the blind>
c :  an educational institution and especially one devoted to technical fields
d :  a usually brief intensive course of instruction on selected topics relating to a particular field <an urban studies institute>

Examples of INSTITUTE

  1. They founded an institute for research into the causes of mental illness.
  2. the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

First Known Use of INSTITUTE



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