institute

noun
in·​sti·​tute | \ ˈin(t)-stə-ˌtüt How to pronounce institute (audio) , -ˌtyüt \

Definition of institute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

institute

verb
instituted; instituting

Definition of institute (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to originate and get established : organize
b : to set going : inaugurate instituting an investigation
2 : to establish in a position or office

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Other Words from institute

Verb

instituter or institutor \ ˈin(t)-​stə-​ˌtü-​tər How to pronounce institutor (audio) , -​ˌtyü-​ \ noun

Examples of institute in a Sentence

Noun They founded an institute for research into the causes of mental illness. the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Verb By instituting these programs, we hope to improve our children's education. They have instituted new policies to increase public safety.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With wellness tourism on the rise globally, the city has attracted visitors who come for its yoga and meditation training institutes. Wufei Yu, Outside Online, "Adventure Detours in the World's Most Visited Cities," 27 Jan. 2020 An expensive software program that Shunaid used in the research had expired, and the renewal instructions had been sent to his institute’s email — which was now inaccessible. Washington Post, "India’s Internet shutdown in Kashmir is the longest ever in a democracy," 16 Dec. 2019 Funds support the museum's Latin American Art Department and its research institute, the International Center for the Arts of the Americas, and to acquire future pieces for MFAH's permanent collection. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Colombia-inspired Latin American Experience Weekend raises $1.675 million for Museum of Fine Arts," 4 Nov. 2019 Along with Lynch, the 2019 honorees were the Italian writer and director Lina Wertmüller, the Cherokee American actor Wes Studi, and Geena Davis, who was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her institute’s advocacy work on gender parity. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Oscars Finally Find Their Rightful Winners," 28 Oct. 2019 After several neutral countries balked at letting Espenshade and Shallenberger search their institutes and libraries, Hough procured letters from the Library of Congress certifying the men as its representatives engaged in bibliographic research. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, "The Untold Story of the Secret Mission to Seize Nazi Map Data," 23 Oct. 2019 The work your institute has done makes for a really compelling film. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Geena Davis Explores Hollywood's Gender Problem In Her New Documentary," 12 Aug. 2019 Wu said his institute at San Francisco State was free of such influence. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "SFSU shutters popular Chinese cultural program under pressure from feds," 5 Aug. 2019 But Galvão stood firm, reaffirming the validity of his scientific institute, which has been monitoring the country's forests since the 1970s. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "Scientist who called out Bolsonaro on Amazon deforestation is fired," 3 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some, including conservationists, would like to see China go a step further by instituting a permanent global ban on wildlife sale and consumption. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "A Better Way to Stop Coronaviruses," 29 Jan. 2020 For instance, in 1999, the N.F.L. added a check on referee influence by instituting instant replay and coaches’ challenges. New York Times, "Why Home Field Advantage Is Not What It Used to Be," 10 Jan. 2020 Unlike those acts, RAWA would get its funding without instituting a new tax or fee. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A bill that would provide needed billions for conservation has advanced through a House committee," 28 Dec. 2019 In any event, kudos to the Commish, RG1, for instituting the philosophy a few years ago to overload the schedule with late-season division games. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL roundtable: What will be most interesting playoff race?," 13 Dec. 2019 The Food and Drug Administration, though, has dragged its feet in instituting regulations on CBD products. Brendan Bures, chicagotribune.com, "Sorry, but your CBD hemp products probably contain some THC," 2 Oct. 2019 As a reminder of changes instituted in recent seasons, hunters no longer are required to wear back tags and no longer must take deer to physical registration stations. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deer population at potential record high as hunters set sights on 2019 Wisconsin gun season," 16 Nov. 2019 The company has been warning weather conditions may prompt the blackouts, part of a program instituted in October 2018 after PG&E equipment was blamed for igniting some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in state history. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Blackouts return: Utility cuts off power to 450,000 Californians to avoid igniting wildfires," 23 Oct. 2019 In theory, an avenue for formal complaints to a central ombudsman was instituted in April 2017 (prior to that, the only person an asylum seeker could complain to was the center manager, sometimes the one responsible for the mistreatment). Hannah Beckler, The New Republic, "“It’s a Prison”," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of institute

Noun

1546, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for institute

Verb

Middle English, from Latin institutus, past participle of instituere, from in- + statuere to set up — more at statute

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Time Traveler for institute

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The first known use of institute was in the 14th century

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10 Feb 2020

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“Institute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/institute. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for institute

institute

noun
How to pronounce institute (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of institute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

institute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of institute (Entry 2 of 2)

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

institute

verb
in·​sti·​tute | \ ˈin-stə-ˌtüt How to pronounce institute (audio) , -ˌtyüt \
instituted; instituting

Kids Definition of institute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to begin or establish The library instituted new rules.
2 : to give a start to Police instituted an investigation.

institute

noun

Kids Definition of institute (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an organization for the promotion of a cause an institute for scientific research
2 : a place for study usually in a special field an art institute

institute

transitive verb
in·​sti·​tute
instituted; instituting

Legal Definition of institute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to establish in a particular position or office specifically, in the civil law of Louisiana : to appoint as heir — see also instituted heir at heir
2 : to get started : bring institute a lawsuit

institute

noun

Legal Definition of institute (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an elementary principle recognized as authoritative
2 plural : a collection of principles especially : a legal compendium

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