Definitions for Instituteˈɪn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•sti•tuteˈɪn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyut(v.; n.)-tut•ed, -tut•ing

  1. (v.t.)to set up; establish; organize.

  2. to inaugurate; initiate; start.

  3. to set in operation:

    to institute a lawsuit.

  4. to establish in an office or position.

  5. to invest with the spiritual charge of a church or parish.

    Category: Religion

  6. (n.)a society or organization for carrying on a particular work, as of a literary, scientific, or educational character.

  7. the building occupied by such a society.

  8. a college devoted to instruction in technical subjects. a unit within a university organized for advanced instruction and research in a relatively narrow field. a short instructional program in some specialized activity.

    Category: Education

  9. an established principle, law, custom, or organization.

  10. institutes, an elementary treatise on law.

    Category: Law

  11. something instituted.

Origin of institute:

1275–1325; ME < L institūtus, ptp. of instituere to set, put up, establish =in-in -2+-stituere, comb. form of statuere to make stand

Princeton's WordNet

  1. institute(verb)

    an association organized to promote art or science or education

  2. establish, found, plant, constitute, institute(verb)

    set up or lay the groundwork for

    "establish a new department"

  3. institute, bring(verb)

    advance or set forth in court

    "bring charges", "institute proceedings"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. institute(noun)ˈɪn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyut

    an organization that works to advance a particular area of knowledge

    a research institute; the National Institute for Literacy

  2. institute(verb)ˈɪn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyut

    to start or cause to be used

    reforms being instituted by the government


  1. institute(Noun)

    An organization founded to promote a cause

    I work in a medical research institute.

  2. institute(Noun)

    An institution of learning; a college, especially for technical subjects

  3. institute(Noun)

    The building housing such an institution

  4. institute(Verb)

    To begin or initiate (something).

    He instituted the new policy of having children walk through a metal detector to enter school.

  5. institute(Verb)

    To train, instruct.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Institute

    established; organized; founded

  2. Institute(verb)

    to set up; to establish; to ordain; as, to institute laws, rules, etc

  3. Institute(verb)

    to originate and establish; to found; to organize; as, to institute a court, or a society

  4. Institute(verb)

    to nominate; to appoint

  5. Institute(verb)

    to begin; to commence; to set on foot; as, to institute an inquiry; to institute a suit

  6. Institute(verb)

    to ground or establish in principles and rudiments; to educate; to instruct

  7. Institute(verb)

    to invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls

  8. Institute(adj)

    the act of instituting; institution

  9. Institute(adj)

    that which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law, habit, or custom

  10. Institute(adj)

    hence: An elementary and necessary principle; a precept, maxim, or rule, recognized as established and authoritative; usually in the plural, a collection of such principles and precepts; esp., a comprehensive summary of legal principles and decisions; as, the Institutes of Justinian; Coke's Institutes of the Laws of England. Cf. Digest, n

  11. Institute(noun)

    an institution; a society established for the promotion of learning, art, science, etc.; a college; as, the Institute of Technology; also, a building owned or occupied by such an institute; as, the Cooper Institute

  12. Institute(noun)

    the person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation


  1. Institute

    An institute is an organisational body created for a certain purpose.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Institute' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1926

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Institute' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4364

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Institute' in Nouns Frequency: #809

Translations for Institute

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a society or organization, or the building it uses

There is a lecture at the Philosophical Institute tonight.

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