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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over 700 hectares has been entirely reforested and the institute's work is helping the recovery of close to 2,000 springs in the Atlantic Forest. Stefanie Blendis, CNN, 16 July 2021 But the institute's 2021 Urban Mobility Report showed the New York-Newark region now has the worst traffic in the nation. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 30 June 2021 Bill Salter, senior director of radiation oncology at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, shows the institute's new proton therapy machine for treating cancer, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 June 2021 Deputy director of security Hu Qian discussed safety problems found during audits over the past year, according to a post on the institute’s website. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 Three weeks ago, the House also passed a bill to cut OFRI’s budget by two-thirds, redirect the money to climate research and increase oversight of the institute. ProPublica, 29 June 2021 Three weeks ago, the House also passed a bill to cut OFRI’s budget by two-thirds, redirect the money to climate research and increase oversight of the institute. oregonlive, 29 June 2021 As the reputation of the institute has grown, so has the demand for secondments. Christian Stadler, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Dana-Farber will use the donation in part to buy new laboratory equipment to study the biology of pancreatic tumors in greater detail, said Dr. Brian Wolpin, chief of the institute’s division of gastrointestinal oncology. BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The coalition wants Democrats to understand they won’t be allowed to split the difference quietly—to distance themselves from a bill that isn’t likely to pass anyway, while green-lighting a nominee who will institute it by other means. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Now that the 12-team option has been spoken into existence, the college football world will be clamoring to institute it as soon as possible. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 14 June 2021 But recall that in 2014 and 2015, discussion of body cameras was all the rage, yet many jurisdictions didn't institute them. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 20 May 2021 Since the military did not institute a draft, there was a real shortage of soldiers to fulfill the obligations associated with the surge, and many service members were being held past their initial deployment times. Paula Davis, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The signing comes a day before an NCAA vote on a proposal that would institute similar rules for schools nationwide. Dan Petrella, chicagotribune.com, 29 June 2021 Experts have said employers, colleges and other sectors will probably institute some form of vaccination requirements in the near future. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021 The Legislature has resisted calls from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to pass legislation that would institute a mask mandate — however, the state health department has such a requirement through emergency powers. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 13 Apr. 2021 For example, last April, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced legislation — The Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act — which would institute a nationwide cancellation of residential rents and mortgage payments until the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 23 June 2021

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

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“Institute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/institute. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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