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  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnstɪt(j)uːt/, /ˈɪnstɪtʃuːt/
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Etymology 1Edit

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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      water sanctified by Christ's institute
  5. (obsolete) That which is instituted, established, or fixed, such as a law, habit, or custom.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Burke
      They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy.
    • (Can we date this quote?) 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 2Edit

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.
  3. To nominate; to appoint.
  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 īnstitūtus