institute

[in-sti-toot, -tyoot]

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

noun


Origin of institute

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin institūtus past participle of instituere to set, put up, establish, equivalent to in- in-2 + -stitū- (combining form of statū-, stem of statuere to make stand) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsre·in·sti·tute, verb (used with object), re·in·sti·tut·ed, re·in·sti·tut·ing.un·in·sti·tut·ed, adjectivewell-in·sti·tut·ed, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of institute

Historical Examples of institute

  • Alas, I was too ill to institute them myself while it was yet time.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • I sha'n't take anything at the refreshment bar, it reeks of the Institute.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Why did you telegraph the Institute folks that you wouldn't accept their offer?

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • That was what he said, but what his colleagues did, was to institute a military inspection or review.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • If he did not return soon he would advertise, institute a search.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson


British Dictionary definitions for institute

institute

verb (tr)

to organize; establish
to initiateto institute a practice
to establish in a position or office; induct
(foll by in or into) to install (a clergyman) in a church

noun

an organization founded for particular work, such as education, promotion of the arts, or scientific research
the building where such an organization is situated
something instituted, esp a rule, custom, or precedent
Derived Formsinstitutor or instituter, noun

Word Origin for institute

C16: from Latin instituere, from statuere to place, stand
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Word Origin and History for institute
v.

early 14c., "to establish in office, appoint," from Latin institutus, past participle of instituere "to set up," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + statuere "establish, to cause to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). General sense of "set up, found, introduce" first attested late 15c. Related: Instituted; instituting.

n.

1510s, "purpose, design," from institute (v.). From 1540s as "an established law." The sense of "organization, society" is from 1828, borrowed from French Institut national des Sciences et des Arts, established 1795 to replace the royal academies, from Latin institutum, neuter past participle of instituere.

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