verb (used with object), in·sti·tut·ed, in·sti·tut·ing.
- an institution, generally beyond the secondary school level, devoted to instruction in technical subjects, usually separate but sometimes organized as a part of a university.
- a unit within a university organized for advanced instruction and research in a relatively narrow field of subject matter.
- a short instructional program set up for a special group interested in a specialized field or subject.
- an elementary textbook of law designed for beginners.
- (initial capital letter)Also called Institutes of Justinian.an elementary treatise on Roman law in four books, forming one of the four divisions of the Corpus Juris Civilis.
- institutional investor
Origin of institute
Examples from the Web for institutes
Farmers' institutes have performed an important service in the education of the rural community.The Farmer and His Community|Dwight Sanderson
They manage things better at the museums and the institutes.Short Studies on Great Subjects|James Anthony Froude
He was lecturing and preaching and taking part in conventions and institutes everywhere in the land.The Story of Chautauqua|Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The following resolution pertaining to Farmers' Institutes was unanimously adopted.
Sociology has thus to become "the institutes of citizenship."Civics: as Applied Sociology|Patrick Geddes
Word Origin for institute
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.
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.