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

Santino, Carlo and Rosino all attended Mount Madonna School, a non-traditional K-12 school that shares a sprawling Watsonville campus with a yoga institute of the same name founded in the 1970s by students of a silent Indian monk. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Gilroy shooter left little impression on classmates, community," 4 Aug. 2019 The program funded by Mr. Constantinides’s office pays to rent the boat from the institute and for other aspects of the learning experience. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Floating Classroom Teaches New York City Students About Sea Life," 20 June 2019 Newly graduated from a technical institute, the 24-year-old had scored an interview for a breakfast chef position. Washington Post, "Moscow’s Metropol: elegance to revolution and back again," 23 July 2019 The institute, which specializes in child development, warned that children exposed to chronic violence can become fearful, demonstrate aggression, anxiety, depression and sadness and have difficulty feeling secure. Alejandro Serrano, chicagotribune.com, "‘We are bringing baseball back’: A West Side police sergeant’s plan to save kids, one game at a time," 12 July 2019 Joyce Hunter, a co-founder of the school and a founding member of the institute, was herself once a high-school dropout estranged from her family. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Coming Out, and Rising Up, in the Fifty Years After Stonewall," 28 June 2019 The institute, which is a joint professional development program with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Division of Academics, Department of Social Sciences, drew more than 100 teachers plus 50 community guests this year. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Holocaust Institute impacts South Florida teachers," 14 June 2019 The hub’s layout includes several global supporting units — a digital assets research institute, fintech incubation hub for startup companies, fintech training center and fintech investment fund group. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 The biggest impact in dollars - 71 percent - was made by the institute’s research, testing and medical laboratories. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al.com, "HudsonAlpha biotech institute’s economic impact on Alabama tops $2B," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And Walmart has also instituted several other procedures to make gun sales safer. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart, which led the ban on assault-style weapons 4 years ago, has no plans to stop selling guns," 5 Aug. 2019 Some places, like the EU and California, have instituted carbon markets, where industrial emitters like power stations have to pay for carbon credits in order to emit, in theory incentivizing efficiency. Cassie Werber, Quartz, "How much does your flight actually hurt the planet?," 30 July 2019 In an apparent attempt to transform the way the world sees the Gulf kingdom, Salman has instituted a series of social reforms such as allowing women to drive and approving movie theaters. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Saudi cleric Salman al-Awda who called for reform could be sentenced to death," 26 July 2019 Some Louisiana parishes have instituted mandatory evacuations for low-lying areas. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 12: Barry, politics, R. Kelly, immigrants, secondhand smoke," 12 July 2019 To get a grip, India has instituted some of the world’s strictest rules on single-use plastic, forcing companies to collect packaging that is often left as litter. Ben Muessig, latimes.com, "California Inc.: A sale for the record books," 8 July 2019 The Mayo Clinic’s Transgender and Intersex Specialty Clinic has instituted a gender-affirming atmosphere, said Davidge-Pitts. STAT, "New guidelines aim to enlist primary care physicians in transgender care," 1 July 2019 Under his leadership, for example, JCPS has instituted district-wide assessments to monitor student growth in reading and math throughout the year. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Marty Pollio is transforming JCPS with 'energy, enthusiasm and passion,' school board says," 25 June 2019 The track has instituted several safety measures and briefly closed the track. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Here’s why California can’t just close the Santa Anita race track," 24 June 2019

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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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