Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To establish, organize, and set in operation.
  • transitive v. To initiate; begin. See Synonyms at found1.
  • transitive v. To establish or invest in an office or a position.
  • n. Something instituted, especially an authoritative rule or precedent.
  • n. A digest of the principles or rudiments of a particular subject, especially a legal abstract.
  • n. An organization founded to promote a cause: a cancer research institute.
  • n. An educational institution, especially one for the instruction of technical subjects.
  • n. The building or buildings housing such an institution.
  • n. A usually short, intensive workshop or seminar on a specific subject.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An organization founded to promote a cause
  • n. An institution of learning; a college, especially for technical subjects
  • n. The building housing such an institution
  • v. To begin or initiate (something).
  • v. To train, instruct.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Established; organized; founded.
  • n. The act of instituting; institution.
  • n. That which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law, habit, or custom.
  • n. Hence: An elementary and necessary principle; a precept, maxim, or rule, recognized as established and authoritative; usually in the plural, a collection of such principles and precepts; esp., a comprehensive summary of legal principles and decisions. Cf. Digest, n.
  • n. An institution; a society established for the promotion of learning, art, science, etc.; a college; ; The Massachusetts Institute of Technology; also, a building owned or occupied by such an institute.
  • n. The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation.
  • transitive v. To set up; to establish; to ordain
  • transitive v. To originate and establish; to found; to organize.
  • transitive v. To nominate; to appoint.
  • transitive v. To begin; to commence; to set on foot
  • transitive v. To ground or establish in principles and rudiments; to educate; to instruct.
  • transitive v. To invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set up; establish; put into form and operation; set afoot: as, to institute laws, rules, or regulations; to institute a government or a court; to institute a suit or an investigation.
  • To establish in an office; appoint; in ecclesiastical use, to assign to a spiritual charge; invest with the cure of souls: used absolutely, or followed by to or into.
  • To ground or establish in principles; educate; instruct.
  • Instituted; established.
  • n. An established principle, rule, or law; a settled order.
  • n. plural A collection of established laws, rules, or principles; a book of elements, especially in jurisprudence: as, the Institutes of Justinian; Erskine's “Institutes of the Law of Scotland”; Calvin's “Institutes of the Christian Religion.”
  • n. An established body of persons; an institution; a society or association organized for some specific work, especially of a literary or scientific character: as, a philosophic or educational institute; a mechanics' institute; the Institute of Civil Engineers; the National Institute of France, or specifically the institute (see below).
  • n. In Scots law, the person to whom the estate is first given in a destination.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. set up or lay the groundwork for
  • n. an association organized to promote art or science or education
  • v. advance or set forth in court

Etymologies

Middle English instituten, from Latin īnstituere, īnstitūt-, to establish : in-, in; + statuere, to set up.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English , from Latin īnstitūtus, past participle of īnstituō ("I set up, place upon, purpose, begin, institute"), from in ("in, on") + statuō ("set up, establish"). (Wiktionary)

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  • For the last three years, we were assisted by the International Education Board; but as the board no longer wishes to continue the appropriations to us, our funds are threatening to run down so that we must try to get money from somewhere else if this institute is to be able to go on working.

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  • This institute is an independent research institution which monitors fiscal, trade and monetary policies and contributes critiques and policy advice.

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  • The institute is run by Rob Miron and Jason Suppa, both of whom spend most of their lives up in the air, leading tree climbs and working as arborists.

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  • The cost of each polytechnic institute is around Rs 12 crore and the MHRD has already released Rs. 8 crore towards its first installment.

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  • Yashoda Cancer Institute, Hyderabad based institute is interested to set up a hospital in Orissa.

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  • Aaron Belkin, director of the University of California – based Palm Center, a social-research institute, is concerned the military won't accept people who already have close to 20 years of service, because at that point they'd qualify for retirement benefits.

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  • One of the docs at my institute is big into prazosin-for-combat-related-PTSD research.

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