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

The institute is a nonprofit with nine board members. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio approves funding of first institute to chronicle Mexican-American civil rights," 12 Sep. 2019 The institute is part of an international consortium of scientists and conservationists that has been planning and developing the procedure for years. Washington Post, "Scientists succeed in creating northern white rhino embryos," 12 Sep. 2019 The institute is a nonprofit that consults with groups and countries around the world on proposals to design special zones for experimenting with new forms of government. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "‘Facebook-topia’: Why we may soon live on corporate island-nations," 29 Aug. 2019 Get our daily newsletter The institute is making scholars think twice about forsaking study or moving overseas. The Economist, "How Africa can encourage home-grown maths boffins," 8 Aug. 2019 The institute is hosting Wednesday’s event, where President Mark Baldassare will ask the two candidates questions and try to limit their engagement with one another. Kathleen Ronayne, The Seattle Times, "Feinstein and rival de Leon, both Democrats, set to debate," 16 Oct. 2018 The institute has been conducting scientific polling for years. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Ohioans' view of America is as different as red and blue, Baldwin Wallace poll shows," 9 Apr. 2018 Damiani enlisted an American nonprofit research institute to narrow down the number. Wired, "One Scientist’s Quest to Bring DNA Sequencing to Every Sick Kid," 30 Aug. 2019 These included billionaire John Walton, Hollywood’s Glenn Close and enough scientists to staff an institute. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tim Means, Baja California ecotourism pioneer, dies at the age of 75," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

McClary said the board of education warned the council in advance that layoffs would be necessary if the reduction was instituted but incumbents on row A voted for it anyway. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Candidates in Bloomfield hitting the bricks and knocking on doors in final days of primary preparation," 6 Sep. 2019 The program tracks one instituted by the City Attorney’s Office in San Diego, which prosecutes misdemeanor offenses in the city. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Diversion program targets low-level offenders," 29 Aug. 2019 At the entrance, just off the road and past a gap in the fencing, a guard had each visitor sign in, a new protocol instituted by the state, to keep track of comings and goings for the purpose of potential contact investigations. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 Florida law makes Israel accountable for the actions of his underlings and for policies instituted by his office, the governor’s lawyers argued in a proposed recommended order submitted to the Senate on Aug. 13. Dara Kam, sun-sentinel.com, "Ousted sheriff Scott Israel says he’s not to blame for mass shootings," 21 Aug. 2019 Here, utility-scale solar photovoltaic stands out because unsubsidized costs to install actually fell on a per-MWh basis, despite solar tariffs instituted by the Trump administration in early 2017. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New year, same story: Cost of wind and solar fall below cost of coal and gas," 12 Nov. 2018 India’s government, led by the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, decided Aug. 5 to downgrade the autonomy of Muslim-majority Kashmir and instituted a security lockdown and communications blackout to avoid violence. Washington Post, "India plans massive hiring drive for govt workers in Kashmir," 30 Aug. 2019 The move is part of an industry-wide shift, according to the Washington Post, which notes that InterContinental Hotels Group took similar steps in July, while Hyatt is instituting the bulk dispensers at particular test properties. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Marriott to Get Rid of Travel-Size Toiletries in All Hotel Rooms: Here's What to Expect Instead," 29 Aug. 2019 Tinted visors haven’t been commonplace in the NFL since the league instituted the ban on them for safety reasons in 1998. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "NFL Allowing Players to Wear Oakley Prizm Clear Shields on Helmets This Season," 26 Aug. 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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