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 Bush has sought instead to keep the focus on his institute’s work, covering areas like public health, education and military service. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "‘Very different party’: George W. Bush’s absence from RNC shows again how GOP has changed under Trump," 24 Aug. 2020 One of the founding partners of his independent institute is Imperial College, whose researchers’ conclusions were a leading driver of U.S. and British government shutdowns. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a polarized world, what does ‘follow the science’ mean?," 12 Aug. 2020 Alexey Chumakov, a researcher who works at an institute in Moscow named after his famous virologist father, says the Ministry of Health doesn’t seek input from the Russian scientific community the way FDA does. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Russia’s approval of a COVID-19 vaccine is less than meets the press release," 11 Aug. 2020 The country's space institute, KARI, has developed several small-satellite rockets, but these are not competitive with SpaceX's Falcon 9, which recently launched South Korea's first military communications satellite, ANASIS-II. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: South Korea’s SpaceX dilemma, Rocket Lab finds a quick fix," 7 Aug. 2020 Sarah Gilbert, head of the laboratory at the institute that had done the work, and her team have now engineered a chimpanzee virus to deliver a portion of the covid-19 genetic material into the body, thus generating an immune response. The Economist, "Covid-19 Oxford University is leading in the vaccine race," 2 July 2020 Andera declined to comment on the end of her career at the institute, which began in 1970 when she was hired as a bilingual tour guide. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Most of staff at UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio laid off, including Texas Folklife Festival director," 2 July 2020 They are offered by Kailos Genetics, a resident company at the institute. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Free cancer risk screening expanded in North Alabama," 30 June 2020 His institute has invested in logging equipment to supply wood chips to community biomass facilities, which burn them to produce heat and electricity. Jane Braxton Little, Wired, "The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy," 27 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wheeler also proposed changing the city’s mandatory relocation ordinance to require landlords who institute any rent increases during the pandemic to pay relocation assistance to tenants who leave. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Share of Oregonians paying rent on time declined again this month," 10 Sep. 2020 France is ready to institute a new national lockdown as a last resort as Europe grapples with how to contain the resurgent coronavirus. Iain Rogers, Bloomberg.com, "France Eyes Lockdown as Last Resort in Europe’s Virus Fight," 29 Aug. 2020 Hogan earlier this month clashed with local officials in Montgomery County who ordered private schools to institute all-virtual schooling. Tyler Olson, Fox News, "Maryland Gov. Hogan pushes schools to reopen for in-person classes," 28 Aug. 2020 The incident sparked protests that prompted county officials to institute another curfew Monday night. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Some say sharing videos of police brutality against Black people is just 'trauma porn'," 25 Aug. 2020 Two of the companies found coronavirus cases before the military decided to institute social distancing and hygiene guidelines. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "How sick you get may be tied to how much coronavirus you initially came into contact with," 16 Aug. 2020 The Utah Legislature voted Thursday to ease the public health credentials required for the state’s Health Department head, clearing the path for the governor to institute a new leader whose background did not fit the previous requirements. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Legislature OKs bill relaxing qualifications for state health director," 20 Aug. 2020 In San Antonio, hundreds of activists and residents have called on city and county officials to institute police reforms. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "FBI reviewing actions of four San Antonio police officers fired after accusations of excessive force," 13 Aug. 2020 The next step, Jenkins and Moore said, is to institute real societal reforms. Time Staff, Time, "Malcolm Jenkins and Maya Moore Say Widespread Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement Is Just the Beginning," 30 June 2020

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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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Time Traveler for institute

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

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17 Sep 2020

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“Institute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/institute. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for institute

institute

noun
How to pronounce institute (audio)

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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