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institute

verb in·sti·tute \ ˈin(t)-stə-ˌtüt , -ˌtyüt \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of institute

instituted; instituting
transitive verb
1 : to establish in a position or office
2 a : to originate and get established : organize
b : to set going : inaugurate
  • instituting an investigation

instituter

or 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

Definition of institute

: something that is instituted: such as
a (1) : an elementary principle recognized as authoritative
(2) institutes plural : a collection of such principles and precepts; especially : a legal compendium
b : an organization for the promotion of a cause : association
  • a research institute
  • an institute for the blind
c : an educational institution and especially one devoted to technical fields
d : 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

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

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

Definition of institute for Students

instituted; instituting
1 : to begin or establish
  • The library instituted new rules.
2 : to give a start to
  • Police instituted an investigation.

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institute

noun

Definition of institute for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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institute

transitive verb in·sti·tute

legal Definition of institute

instituted; instituting
1 : to establish in a particular position or office; specificallyin the civil law of Louisiana : to appoint as heir — see also instituted heir at heir
2 : to get started : bring
  • institute a lawsuit

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institute

noun

legal Definition of institute

1 : an elementary principle recognized as authoritative
2 plural : a collection of principles; especially : a legal compendium


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