[ in-steyt ]
See synonyms for: instateinstatedinstatement on

verb (used with object),in·stat·ed, in·stat·ing.
  1. to put or place in a certain state or position, as in an office; install.

  2. Obsolete. to endow with something.

Origin of instate

1595–1605; in-2 + state (noun); see reinstate

Other words from instate

  • in·state·ment, noun
  • un·in·stat·ed, adjective

Words Nearby instate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use instate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for instate


/ (ɪnˈsteɪt) /

  1. (tr) to place in a position or office; install

Derived forms of instate

  • instatement, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with instate


With pomp and ceremony, as in The foreign leaders were dining in state at the White House. This expression, dating from the late 1600s, also appears in lie in state, said of a dead body ceremoniously exposed to public view before being interred. This latter usage, dating from about 1700, is generally confined to important public figures, as in His Majesty lay in state in the palace.

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