institute

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noun

in·​sti·​tute ˈin(t)-stə-ˌtüt How to pronounce institute (audio)
-ˌtyüt
: 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

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verb

instituted; instituting

transitive verb

1
a
: to originate and get established : organize
b
: to set going : inaugurate
instituting an investigation
2
: to establish in a position or office
instituter noun
or institutor

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The institute's list of participating libraries includes these 14 metro Phoenix libraries: Phoenix Public Library, which has solar eclipse events at eight of its branches. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024 But later in August 2018, Ball State trustees changed course on Papa John's controversy, and voted to remove Schnatter’s name from both the institute and a distinguished professorship of free enterprise and return the money donated by the Schnatter Family Foundation. The Indianapolis Star, 28 Mar. 2024 Try some of the institute's delicious sakes in their special tasting room. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 GiveWell’s Karnofsky moved to an EA philanthropy that gives out hundreds of millions of dollars a year and staffed up institutes with portentous names like Global Priorities and The Future of Humanity. Leif Wenar, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 At one end, the castle ruins had indoor toilets with drainage pipes, the institute said. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 Since 1989, 38 chicks have been successfully fostered into island nests and 21 eaglets have been born, according to the institute. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 At last count, the institute said more than 33,000 people involved in computer science (including about 100 IEEE members) had signed it. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Feb. 2024 As part of the unexpected leadership shake-up, Amanda Kelso, who has served on the institute’s board of trustees for four years, has been named acting CEO, taking over the reins from Vicente after just two and a half years in the role. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024
Verb
Among others, the officials said, Israel would promise to institute more measures to reduce civilian casualties and to empower negotiators brokering a temporary cease-fire deal in exchange for the release of hostages. Peter Baker, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 In 2014, Botswana instituted a ban on trophy hunting following a decline in local elephant populations. Emma Ogao, ABC News, 4 Apr. 2024 In 2005, Israel instituted a system in which most Palestinians wanting to access their land had to coordinate with the occupying country’s military for protection from settlers. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Almost as soon as international trade had been liberalized, anti-trade tariffs were instituted across Europe. TIME, 18 Mar. 2024 Terrell-Camper has seen couples institute non-negotiables when trying it, scheduling intimate dinners, phone-free conversations, passing notes, and having couch dates to maintain a strong connection. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 16 Mar. 2024 The new play-in postseason format, instituted in 2020, incentivizes more teams to compete rather than tank for a draft pick. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 9 Mar. 2024 Those numbers got a jolt during COVID when many companies instituted work-from-home policies to keep the virus from spreading. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Mar. 2024 Hallmark, 61, led Volkswagen AG’s Bentley for the past six years, bolstering its margins by leaning into personalized vehicles and instituting greater discipline on pricing and inventory. Jamie Nimmo, Fortune Europe, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Latin institutus, past participle of instituere, from in- + statuere to set up — more at statute

First Known Use

Noun

1546, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Institute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/institute. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

institute

1 of 2 verb
in·​sti·​tute ˈin(t)-stə-ˌt(y)üt How to pronounce institute (audio)
instituted; instituting
1
: to set up : establish
instituted a new policy
2
: to set going : begin
institute an investigation
instituter noun
or institutor

institute

2 of 2 noun
1
: a basic principle
2
a
: an organization for the support of a cause : association
an institute for scientific research
b
: a place for study usually in a special field
an art institute

Legal Definition

institute

1 of 2 transitive verb
in·​sti·​tute
instituted; instituting
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

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

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