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 But China's warhead count has increased in recent years, up from 145 warheads in 2006 according to the institute. Brad Lendon And Nectar Gan, CNN, 28 July 2021 The poll results among likely voters were far different than those among the overall electorate, which have remained relatively unchanged when compared to the institute’s surveys in April and January. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 These may have increased in value and may need special coverage separate from your standard homeowners insurance policy, according to the institute. oregonlive, 21 July 2021 Every urban area showed considerably more change than has ever been recorded, according to the institute. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 30 June 2021 Its venom could cause tissue damage or even be fatal, according to the institute. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 29 June 2021 That could potentially apply to more than 60 areas totaling roughly 400,000 hectares (about 1,500 square miles), which are home to around 70,000 people, according to the institute. David Biller And Tatiana Pollastri, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 But except for the Harriet Tubman collection that donated 100 percent to the NAACP, only the Marsha P. Johnson necklace gives 100 percent of the proceeds to the institute that bears her name. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Donations for Lewis’ tiny homes campaign will most likely go to the institute. Scott Greenstone, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the settlement, the store agreed to institute service animal training for employees at all locations within thirty days of the agreement for three years. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2021 The state is still allowing local governments to institute safety mandates. Kate Mabus, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 Gadsden city officials voted last week to institute a vaccine lottery and a $100 incentive for city residents to get vaccinated with a portion of their American Rescue Plan Act allocation. al, 26 July 2021 Rather than institute a companywide policy, some businesses are instructing teams to practice whatever approach works best for them. Aiyana Ishmael, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Three months after the law went into effect it was amended to allow judges more situations to institute cash bail. Holmes Lybrand And Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 7 July 2021 The sudden explosion in cases forced local authorities to institute a partial lockdown in the capital city of Taipei for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Many of the bills’ specific provisions crack down on voting procedures that Harris County planned to institute last year. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, 6 May 2021 But Jones said that in order to institute the new processes for the upcoming election, the Assembly needed to make the changes Thursday. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Jan. 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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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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