verb (used with object), in·stat·ed, in·stat·ing.

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 formsin·state·ment, nounun·in·stat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for instate

Contemporary Examples of instate

  • Instate Republicans insist that O'Donnell is focused on doing local media and appealing to the state's voters.

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    O'Donnell's Do or Die Debate

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    October 14, 2010

Historical Examples of instate

  • They expressed a cordial readiness to instate him in the position which his father had occupied.

  • Alternatively, the state can instate an efficient court system, aided by active law enforcement agencies.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for instate



(tr) to place in a position or office; install
Derived Formsinstatement, noun
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Word Origin and History for instate

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

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