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institute

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

Definition of institute

instituted

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instituting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to establish in a position or office

  3. 2a :  to originate and get established :  organizeb :  to set going :  inaugurate instituting an investigation

instituter

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institutor

play \ˈin(t)-stə-ˌtü-tər, -ˌtyü-\ noun

Examples of institute in a Sentence

  1. By instituting these programs, we hope to improve our children's education.

  2. They have instituted new policies to increase public safety.

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Origin and Etymology of institute

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


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institute

noun in·sti·tute

Definition of institute

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

Examples of institute in a Sentence

  1. They founded an institute for research into the causes of mental illness.

  2. the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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First Known Use of institute

1546


INSTITUTE Defined for English Language Learners

institute

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verb

Definition of institute for English Language Learners

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

institute

noun

Definition of institute for English Language Learners

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


INSTITUTE Defined for Kids

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institute

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

Definition of institute for Students

instituted

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instituting

  1. 1 :  to begin or establish The library instituted new rules.

  2. 2 :  to give a start to Police instituted an investigation.


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institute

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noun in·sti·tute

Definition of institute for Students

  1. 1 :  an organization for the promotion of a cause an institute for scientific research

  2. 2 :  a place for study usually in a special field an art institute


Law Dictionary

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institute

transitive verb in·sti·tute

Legal Definition of institute

instituted

instituting

  1. 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. 2 :  to get started :  bring institute a lawsuit


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institute

noun in·sti·tute

Legal Definition of institute

  1. 1 :  an elementary principle recognized as authoritative

  2. 2 pl :  a collection of principles; especially :  a legal compendium



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