institute

noun
in·sti·tute | \ˈin(t)-stə-ˌtüt, -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, -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

Steve Wamhoff, director of federal tax policy at the institute and one of the report’s authors, told me. Emily Stewart, Vox, "America’s getting $10 trillion in tax cuts, and 20% of them are going the richest 1%," 11 July 2018 The plan is part of a sweeping bill that will also raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and institute a yearly sales tax holiday. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "How progressives and businesses made an unlikely deal on family leave," 28 June 2018 The campaign funded new endowed faculty positions and scholarships; the launch of 10 new centers and interdisciplinary institutes; and the naming of two colleges and 40 new or renovated academic and athletic facilities. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Villanova University surpasses fundraising goal by more than $150 million," 1 June 2018 In addition to the resignations, nearly 4,000 Google employees have voiced their opposition to Project Maven in an internal petition that asks Google to immediately cancel the contract and institute a policy against taking on future military work. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Media companies score as the Supreme Court allows legal sports gambling," 15 May 2018 Then, entries to the site will be blocked and all observation facilities, research institutes and guard structures will be removed. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear test site this month," 12 May 2018 The poll was conducted as part of a research methods course taught by Lauren Copeland, associate director of the institute and an assistant professor of political science. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Ohioans' view of America is as different as red and blue, Baldwin Wallace poll shows," 9 Apr. 2018 Specifically, funds will be used for CSO meetings supplies, travel, food, room and board for out-of-town training institutes and conferences, technology support, infrastructure, and communication. Grace Palmieri, azcentral, "Season for Sharing awards grants to 153 Arizona non-profits," 15 Mar. 2018 The institute’s comments don’t necessarily reflect the Spanish government’s position, the report said. Esteban Duarte, Bloomberg.com, "Gibraltar Solution May Be Brexit Dividend, Spain Think Tank Says," 12 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On the Democratic side, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo instituted the policy via an executive order just days after Parkland, and now the Legislature is moving to pass a bill to codify it into law. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Unlike many gun measures, ‘red flag’ laws are actually passing. It looks likes Mass. will be next," 24 May 2018 The larger challenge with pay parity comes well after its instituted, of course, when managers need to negotiate salaries for new hires. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "The Rise And Fall of Uber HR Chief Liane Hornsey," 11 July 2018 Pruitt also instituted an EPA-wide policy in April that effectively prevents the agency from using research showing that pollution is bad for your health. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The new EPA chief has his first controversy.," 6 July 2018 In 2014 the commission instituted a state quota—11,749 pounds of eels, which was reduced to 9,688 pounds in 2015. National Geographic, "19 Eel Smugglers Sentenced, But Lucrative Trade Persists," 27 June 2018 After public outcry, President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order ending the policy the Justice Department had instituted in April that had separated parents and children at the border. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "States Sue Trump Administration Over Immigrant Family Separation Policy," 26 June 2018 Hartford instituted an emergency curfew in 2008 after escalating violence, including 11 people shot in one weekend. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Official Calls For Teen Curfew, Police Crack Down On Car Thieves," 21 June 2018 Even a bipartisan Assembly bill that would have instituted a three-tiered payment model, with rates of $55, $60 and $70 an hour depending on the type of case — went nowhere last year. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court moves to raise pay rate for some lawyers representing poor defendants," 18 May 2018 The Orleans Parish School Board postponed a vote on a resolution that would institute a three-year moratorium on industrial property tax exemptions during its meeting Thursday (May 17). Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Orleans School Board defers vote on industrial tax ban," 17 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for institute

institute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of institute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

institute

noun

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

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

institute

verb
in·sti·tute | \ˈin-stə-ˌtüt, -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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