in·​state | \in-ˈstāt \
instated; instating; instates

Definition of instate 

transitive verb

1 obsolete

a : invest, endow

b : bestow, confer

2 : to set or establish in a rank or office : install

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Examples of instate in a Sentence

the new secretary of the treasury was instated on Monday

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In a statement on Facebook, the union called on corporate to instate a policy allowing for political protest pins to be worn at work. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Oregon fast food restaurant revises button policy after employees' wear 'Abolish Ice' and 'No one is illegal' pins at work," 9 Sep. 2018 The New York City Council voted today to pass a package of bills that would, among other things, instate a 12-month pause on adding new ride-hail cars while the city studies the companies’ effects on congestion and driver wages. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber lost in NYC. But here’s the real problem.," 8 Aug. 2018 Commit to tending to yourself like a precious little garden, and get curious about what’s growing and shifting beneath the surface. Ritualize your everyday rather than instate harsh regimens. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes September 17-23," 10 Sep. 2016 In August 2017, an arbitrator overturned Johnson's firing and ordered the county to re-instate him at the rank of corporal. Cory Shaffer,, "Court orders Cuyahoga County to release video of corrections officer's attack on naked inmate," 18 Jan. 2018 Local teams instate rankings Cy Falls stayed at No. 3 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 6A boys rankings after downing Cy-Fair and Cy Creek. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Houston HS basketball primer: Jan. 19," 18 Jan. 2018 Frequent comments by Erdogan vowing to re-instate the death penalty have also raised alarm. Neyran Elden And Suzan Fraser,, "Turkish court jails 6 human rights activists pending trial," 18 July 2017 The story won't be over at that point, because net neutrality advocates could sue in an attempt to re-instate the Title II decision. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "If FCC gets its way, we’ll lose a lot more than net neutrality," 12 July 2017 Frequent comments by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to re-instate the death penalty have also raised alarm. Suzan Fraser, The Seattle Times, "EU parliament advises freeze of Turkey’s membership talks," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of instate

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of instate was in 1603

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