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 At the Institute of Texan Cultures, those laid off include Jo Ann Andera, who had been director of the Texas Folklife Festival, the institute’s signature event, for 38 years. 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 CanSino Biologics has been developing the vaccine in conjunction with the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, a medical research institute run by the People’s Liberation Army. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "China’s military approves coronavirus vaccine for its own use," 29 June 2020 Akilah Carter-Francique, executive director of the institute and an associate professor in African American studies, seeks to connect the past and present for her students. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Black Lives Matter gives fresh urgency to Bay Area ethnic studies programs," 29 June 2020 Yet Jeremy’s experience may be part of a growing trend within immigrant groups; while Latino immigrants are seeing opportunities re-emerge, African immigrants jobless rates have increased, according to the institute. al, "Undocumented in Alabama face lockdown, unemployment without benefits," 28 June 2020 After slavery, Brazil didn’t institute prohibitions on interracial relationships or draconian racial distinctions, like the United States. Washington Post, "In Brazil, the death of a poor black child in the care of rich white woman brings a racial reckoning," 28 June 2020 Even the long-stodgy U.S. Federal Reserve system, charged mainly with maintaining a stable banking network, now has a regional institute focused on inequality. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rising inequality in a crisis: The view from Baltimore," 24 June 2020 Food was the only category showing inflation in the first four months of the year, according to Brazil’s statistics institute. Fabiana Batista, Bloomberg.com, "Beef Is Becoming a Luxury for Millions in Brazil," 23 June 2020 Thirty-four states can deny occupational licenses based on an arrest that did not lead to a conviction, and 12 do not guarantee people a right to appeal, according to the institute. NBC News, "Want to wax eyebrows in Pennsylvania? You have to be a good person. This 'oppressive' law says so.," 22 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Diamondbacks have had internal conversations about what changes would need to be implemented for fans to attend games, including ways to institute social distancing and contactless transactions. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks not expecting to have fans in stands when season begins," 2 July 2020 Under the ordinance, businesses that don’t institute and enforce a policy on face coverings could be fined. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano to vote on city-wide mask mandate today," 30 June 2020 So why can’t MLB just institute that ban so that everything is even? Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Get ready for A’s and Giants! As well as MLB’s patchwork protocol, trust issues," 28 June 2020 Ellis Park is delaying its start from June 28 to July 2 in order to have more time to institute safety protocols in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the track announced Tuesday. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "Ellis Park moves racing start to July 2 after approval from KHRC," 17 June 2020 The city has allocated at least $1.6 million in the police bureau’s budget to institute use of body cams each year since 2016. oregonlive, "Body cameras not among Portland City Council priorities for policing reforms," 17 June 2020 Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL could institute a shorter preseason and a relaxed training camp schedule. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky says Nick Foles trade left him 'kinda pissed off — in a good way'," 12 June 2020 Ships may institute multiple seating times, emphasize outdoor dining, or open more venues to minimize the number of passengers dining at once. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Expect When Cruise Ships Sail Again," 8 June 2020 Melin wants to reach a settlement with the Denver Police Department for monetary damages and a commitment from the department to institute reforms. NBC News, "Denver police fire pepper balls at man yelling that his pregnant fiancée is in car," 5 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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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Institute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/institute. Accessed 14 Jul. 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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