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institute

[in-sti-toot, -tyoot]
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verb (used with object), in·sti·tut·ed, in·sti·tut·ing.
  1. to set up; establish; organize: to institute a government.
  2. to inaugurate; initiate; start: to institute a new course in American literature.
  3. to set in operation: to institute a lawsuit.
  4. to bring into use or practice: to institute laws.
  5. to establish in an office or position.
  6. Ecclesiastical. to assign to or invest with a spiritual charge, as of a parish.
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noun
  1. a society or organization for carrying on a particular work, as of a literary, scientific, or educational character.
  2. the building occupied by such a society.
  3. Education.
    1. 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.
    2. a unit within a university organized for advanced instruction and research in a relatively narrow field of subject matter.
    3. a short instructional program set up for a special group interested in a specialized field or subject.
  4. an established principle, law, custom, or organization.
  5. institutes,
    1. an elementary textbook of law designed for beginners.
    2. (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.
  6. something instituted.
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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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Examples from the Web for reinstituted

Historical Examples

  • All the Pharisaic ordinances, abolished by the late king, were reinstituted.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History

    Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris

  • In July the income-tax was reinstituted and a bill was actually carried authorising a levy en masse in case of invasion.

  • He reinstituted many customs that had been neglected during the Sadducean regime.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History

    Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris


British Dictionary definitions for reinstituted

institute

verb (tr)
  1. to organize; establish
  2. to initiateto institute a practice
  3. to establish in a position or office; induct
  4. (foll by in or into) to install (a clergyman) in a church
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noun
  1. an organization founded for particular work, such as education, promotion of the arts, or scientific research
  2. the building where such an organization is situated
  3. something instituted, esp a rule, custom, or precedent
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Derived Formsinstitutor or instituter, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin instituere, from statuere to place, stand
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Word Origin and History for reinstituted

institute

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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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.

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