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  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnstɪt(j)uːt/, /ˈɪnstɪtʃuːt/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From French institut, from Middle French, from Latin īnstitūtum.


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institute (plural institutes)

  1. An organization founded to promote a cause
    I work in a medical research institute.
  2. An institution of learning; a college, especially for technical subjects
  3. The building housing such an institution
  4. (obsolete) The act of instituting; institution.
  5. (obsolete) That which is instituted, established, or fixed, such as a law, habit, or custom.
  6. (law, Scotland) The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tomlins to this entry?)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English, from Latin īnstitūtus, past participle of īnstituō (I set up, place upon, purpose, begin, institute), from in (in, on) + statuō (set up, establish).


institute (third-person singular simple present institutes, present participle instituting, simple past and past participle instituted)

  1. (transitive) To begin or initiate (something); to found.
    He instituted the new policy of having children walk through a metal detector to enter school.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To train, instruct.
    • Publius was the first that ever instituted the Souldier to manage his armes by dexteritie and skil, and joyned art unto vertue, not for the use of private contentions, but for the wars and Roman peoples quarrels.
    • a. 1684, author unknown, Gentleman's Calling
      If children were early instituted, knowledge would insensibly insinuate itself.
  3. To nominate; to appoint.
  4. (ecclesiastical, law) To invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls.


institute (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Established; organized; founded.
    • 1551, Ralph Robinson (sometimes spelt Raphe Robynson) (translator), Utopia (originally written by Sir Thomas More)
      They have but few laws. For to a people so instruct and institute, very few to suffice.

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  1. vocative masculine singular of īnstitūtus