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

Going beyond cancer genes would raise the difficult challenge of finding appropriate lab tests, said Jay Shendure of the Baty institute. Fox News, "Lab test may identify dangerous gene mutations, study finds," 12 Sep. 2018 Dozens of students of the institute in Italy say they were similarly abused for decades, some allegedly by Corradi. Fox News, "Argentina: Raid at school for deaf in clerical abuse probe," 6 Sep. 2018 Much of the institute is still in the planning stages. James Tarmy, Bloomberg.com, "Saudi Arabia Is Planning a Massive, New Arts Center," 29 Jan. 2018 Reporting for this story was also supported by The European Journalism Centre, a nonprofit media institute based in the Netherlands. Kiana Hayeri, Glamour, "A Look Inside the First All-Female TV News Station In Afghanistan," 11 Dec. 2018 Beginning in 1966, Nissan and a Japanese research institute began attempting to launch a four-stage, all-solid propellant rocket into orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 Cho’s own closets are a veritable costume institute unto themselves. Jane Larkworthy, ELLE Decor, "Editor at Large and Journalist Alina Cho Takes Us Inside Her NYC Home," 8 Aug. 2018 Chain Valley, a $283 million financial technology hub planned in West Hartford, will be home to upwards of 50 companies, along with a research institute and training center, according to the businessman behind the project. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 The Hastings Center is a bioethics research institute. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar And Elliot Spagat, chicagotribune.com, "Medical experts worry about testing DNA to reunite families," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This plan would initially institute a tax of approximately $40/ton of carbon dioxide released and ratchet up progressively. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Why would Exxon donate $1 million to a carbon tax initiative?," 9 Oct. 2018 That replaces a lower hurdle of 10,000 lifetime views, which the site instituted last spring, after a first wave of negative stories about rogue content. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Here’s YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talking about controversial monetization changes on the platform," 4 Apr. 2018 Prior to Monday's vote, Mayor Gary Starr urged the commission to approve hiring via lateral transfer, citing public safety, reduced hiring costs and increased workforce diversity as reasons for instituting the new policy. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "Lateral transfer hiring process approved for Middleburg Heights Police Department," 15 Feb. 2018 After Hurricane Andrew’s winds devastated Florida in 1992, the state instituted stringent rules about building strength and windows. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Hurricane Season 2018 Has a Lot to Learn From Last Year," 1 June 2018 In 2016, Argentina approved legislation that instituted plea bargains for corruption cases. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, "Imprisonment of ex-president Lula seen as potential turning point for Brazil," 21 Apr. 2018 In 2016, Argentina approved legislation that instituted plea bargains for corruption cases. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Jailing of ex-president Lula seen as potential turning point for Brazil," 21 Apr. 2018 The activists who packed the room were especially angry over a part of the bill that institutes the Florida Sheriff’s Marshal Program, under which teachers and administrators would be allowed to carry firearms in school. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gun legislation — without assault weapons ban — moves forward in Florida Senate," 27 Feb. 2018 The library is one of more than 500 across 31 states that has instituted the Family Place program. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Local library honored with Family Place distinction," 15 Feb. 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

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

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