[ in-steyt ]
/ ɪnˈsteɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. instantiate,
  2. instantiation,
  3. instantize,
  4. instantly,
  5. instar,
  6. instatement,
  7. instauration,
  8. instead,
  9. instead of,
  10. instep

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

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

    O'Donnell's Do or Die Debate|Samuel P. Jacobs|October 14, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • They expressed a cordial readiness to instate him in the position which his father had occupied.

    Alexander the Great|Jacob Abbott
  • 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


/ (ɪnˈsteɪt) /


(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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