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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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)