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[in-steyt] /ɪnˈsteɪt/
verb (used with object), instated, instating.
to put or place in a certain state or position, as in an office; install.
Obsolete. to endow with something.
Origin of instate
1595-1605; in-2 + state (noun); see reinstate
Related forms
instatement, noun
uninstated, adjective Unabridged
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  • She was conducted to London, and instated in at least the semblance of power.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • And now that the time had arrived, she instated him solemnly in his office.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • Beaumarchais early in the proceedings had summarily dropped Lee from his confidence and instated Deane in the vacancy.

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  • He sent for Matilda to come and join him, and instated her in his palace as Queen of England.

    William the Conqueror Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for instated


(transitive) to place in a position or office; install
Derived Forms
instatement, noun
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Word Origin and History for instated



"to put someone in a certain state or condition," c.1600, from in + state (n.1). Related: Instated; instating.

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