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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from institute

Verb

instituter or institutor \ ˈin(t)-​stə-​ˌtü-​tər How to pronounce institute (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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new meth treatment study was funded by the NIDA, a division of the National Institutes of Health, and conducted in the clinical trials network the institute oversees. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, "Meth has devastated the gay community for decades. A new treatment offers hope.," 23 Feb. 2021 The institute managed to utilize telehealth and eventually integrated it into their process. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "'Transplanting Through a Pandemic: How the Miami Transplant Institute Stood Up to COVID-19'," 22 Feb. 2021 The institute notes that some political and public health leaders have argued that vaccinating 70%-80% of the global population could effectively end further transmission. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "90,000 more Americans could die by June, world may never reach herd immunity: Live COVID-19 updates," 21 Feb. 2021 Working with Google and Facebook, the health metrics institute conducts surveys about mask wearing and social mobility, reaching about 1 million respondents a week. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Low coronavirus transmission rates show a pandemic in decline, but for how long?," 21 Feb. 2021 While the institute doesn’t compete with commercial producers, it has been known to make gifts of the rarest varieties; some chefs, like Pic, arrive with an empty bag. New York Times, "Where the Rare Citrus Grows," 18 Feb. 2021 Now Argentina is seeking another major bailout from the IMF, one that is almost sure to come with the condition that the country institute spending cuts. Washington Post, "Should the rich pay for the pandemic? Argentina thinks so. Other countries are taking a look.," 16 Feb. 2021 Together with counterparts from other mackerel-fishing nations, the institute surveys the sea to provide data for ICES’s annual recommendation. Regin Winther Poulsen, The Atlantic, "The Rules for Dividing the Ocean’s Riches Are Breaking," 13 Feb. 2021 Gamaleya, in turn, might benefit from using the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine as a booster because the institute, according to a Bloomberg report, has had problems making the Ad5 vector. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Should you mix and match COVID-19 vaccines? Scientists are seeking answers," 12 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many places around the world struggled to institute testing so quickly. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "'Alone': How Italian town with 1st known virus death fared," 19 Feb. 2021 Those efforts hit their first road block last month when a federal judge in Texas blocked Biden's attempt to institute a 100-day pause on deportations while the agency reviewed and updated its guidance. Quinn Owen, ABC News, "ICE issues new interim enforcement guidelines on arrests, deportations," 18 Feb. 2021 Efforts to institute standards have been met with resistance or indifference at the Statehouse, where the nursing home industry has significant sway. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Five ways to fix Indiana's broken nursing home system," 23 Jan. 2021 Salazar is working to institute a 20-minute break for detention deputies. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "‘More bodies in blue or fewer bodies in orange,’ says Bexar County Sheriff as he works to reduce jail staffing woes," 2 Jan. 2021 In general terms, experts have said a positivity rate above 5% is a sign that communities are seeing a concerning outbreak and may need to institute more restrictions and ramp up testing. Jeff Adelson, NOLA.com, "New Orleans' coronavirus data nears a key number, moving city closer to bar shutdown," 9 Dec. 2020 Abiy has so far resisted calls for international mediation in the civil conflict or to institute a cease-fire. Bloomberg.com, "UN Fears Potential of Civilian Casualties in Ethiopia," 25 Nov. 2020 There's the absence of additional stimulus funding that could help aid the purchase of cold-weather equipment or keep staff on payroll, as well as a resurgent pandemic that’s prompting lawmakers across the nation to institute new restrictions. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Winter is coming, and millions may lose their jobs in restaurants and hospitality," 24 Nov. 2020 In November, Daystar encouraged its members to sign a petition urging the Supreme Court to either recount or overturn the presidential election results and institute a revote. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "D-FW Christian TV network will reportedly return $3.9 million PPP loan after investigation into jet purchase," 16 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'institute.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about institute

Time Traveler for institute

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for institute

Last Updated

26 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Institute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/institute. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for institute

institute

noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on institute

What made you want to look up institute? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!