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

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 That institute is home to the mission operations center behind the James Webb Space Telescope. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 22 Dec. 2021 Parker said the institute is a way to further that work. Shanzeh Ahmad, chicagotribune.com, 24 Nov. 2021 The institute has been a focus of those who argue that an accidental leak from one of its research labs is the most likely explanation for the spillover of the virus into humans. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Nov. 2021 The institute is one of America’s oldest and largest museums, with its docent program launching in 1961 as part of an initiative of the Woman’s Board and the Junior League of Chicago. Fox News, 17 Oct. 2021 The institute has been essential in the recruitment of Black and other students of color to the predominantly white seminary in Hamilton, his supporters say. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 That surged to 47% in 2019, though the institute isn't aware of works that could explain the jump. David Biller And Mauricio Savarese, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 The virtual institute will be available to students at any HBCU that opts to participate. Wsj Noted., WSJ, 21 June 2021 The institute is the nonprofit workforce development partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, a powerful industry trade group. Matt Egan, CNN, 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In France, whose education system is far more centralized than Germany’s, health experts and teachers have been begging the government to institute more protections in schools. David Meyer, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2022 Last year, a coalition of locals rallied together with the Forest Service and CHP to institute caps on parking areas and manage traffic around parks. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Jan. 2022 Gulf Shores is not the only beach city continuing to institute the booze ban on the beaches during Spring Break. al, 7 Jan. 2022 Sundance had planned to institute COVID safety measures such as requiring booster shots as well as negative test results, plus banning food and drink at screenings. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 5 Jan. 2022 But there aren’t enough rapid tests in many school systems to institute the program. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, 3 Jan. 2022 Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin took the unprecedented step of signing a memo directing commanding officers across the military to institute a one-day stand-down to address extremism within the nation’s armed forces. Kat Stafford And James Laporta, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Dec. 2021 That's a roughly one of every six of the 46% of US employers that either have a vaccine mandate in place or plan to institute one. Chris Isidore, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 Then, on Friday evening, the news broke that Newsmax would institute a vaccine mandate of its own. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 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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The first known use of institute was in the 14th century

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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)

: 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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