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  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnstɪt(j)uːt/
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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.
    • Milton
      water sanctified by Christ's institute
  5. (obsolete) That which is instituted, established, or fixed, such as a law, habit, or custom.
    • Burke
      They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy.
    • Dryden
      to make the Stoics' institutes thy own
  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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      And haply institute / A course of learning and ingenious studies.
    • 1776, Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence:
      Whenever any from of government becomes destructive of these ends it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To train, instruct.
    • , II.27:
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dr. H. More
      If children were early instituted, knowledge would insensibly insinuate itself.
  3. To nominate; to appoint.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      We institute your Grace / To be our regent in these parts of France.
  4. (ecclesiastical, law) To invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Blackstone to this entry?)


institute (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Established; organized; founded.
    • Robynson (More's Utopia)
      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 institūtus