in·​state in-ˈstāt How to pronounce instate (audio)
instated; instating; instates

transitive verb

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

Examples of instate in a Sentence

the new secretary of the treasury was instated on Monday
Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, the fair altered its entry requirements for minors, instating a 6 p.m. curfew for those under 21 without a parent or guardian, per previous reporting. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 23 Aug. 2023 Steward said the district had previously instated a ban on backpacks sometime in the 2000s. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 On Wednesday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy revealed a GOP debt ceiling bill that would instate work requirements for Medicaid and food stamps, reduce funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), repeal green energy programs, and block President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2023 Tennis whites were originally instated as it was believed the ensemble showed less sweat, as reported by Time. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 July 2023 Pediatric trans care providers in states including Texas and Florida departed from their health clinics before bans were instated, leaving patients scrambling for care. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 30 June 2023 The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) has balked at honing in on several of the topline issues the WGA has sought to negotiate, notably instating writing room staff minimums, increasing residuals payouts and restricting certain uses of artificial intelligence (AI). Audrey Schomer, Variety, 15 May 2023 Along with steps like regular vacuuming and instating a no-shoes policy to prevent pollen from being tracked indoors, running a high-performing air purifier at home can cut down on the sneezing, sniffles and itchiness that are triggered by allergic reactions. Dan Diclerico,, 12 May 2023 Sander Kushen, a consumer advocate with U.S. PIRG, told me that, with the right to repair instated, families tend to save about $382 a year off that sum. Brian Merchant, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of instate was in 1603

Cite this Entry

“Instate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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in·​state in-ˈstāt How to pronounce instate (audio)
instated; instating
: to install in a rank or office
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