noun[often in names]
- 1An organization having a particular purpose, especially one that is involved with science, education, or a specific profession: the Institute of Architects a research instituteMore example sentences
organization, establishment, institution, foundation, centre; academy, school, college, university, conservatory, seminary, centre of learning, seat of learning; society, association, federation, group, circle, fellowship, body, league, union, alliance, guild, consortium, concern, corporation
- Favored members of educational organizations and research institutes get opportunities to visit abroad.
- This website, developed in association with a number of companies, professional institutes and a research council, provides a range of well illustrated resources.
- The Stockholm Environment Institute is an independent, international research institute specialising in sustainable development and environment issues.
- 2 (usually institutes) • archaic A commentary, treatise, or summary of principles, especially concerning law: Coke’s Institutes of the Laws of EnglandMore example sentences
- The Long Parliament returned the favor by ordering the Second, Third, and Fourth Parts of Coke's Institutes of the Laws of England published posthumously.
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- 1Introduce or establish (a scheme, undertaking, or policy): the state instituted a national lottery the award was instituted in 1900More example sentences
- In 1914 the government had sufficient trust in its citizens to institute a patriotic scheme whereby lathe hobbyists would make fully functioning artillery shells in their garages.
- As is typical, the levying of the fine is a new policy instituted by the local government without adequately notifying the public.
- We instituted a policy several years ago-we do not install computers in classrooms.
- 1.1Begin (legal proceedings) in a court: she intended to institute divorce proceedingsMore example sentences
- As a part of the process of the hearing of that application, or during the process of the hearing of that application in the MRT, the High Court proceedings were instituted.
- As a consequence of this, he is prevented from instituting legal proceedings except with the leave of the Supreme Court of Queensland or a Judge thereof.
- The applicant then instituted fresh proceedings for judicial review of the Tribunal's decision in the Federal Magistrates Court.
- 2Appoint (someone) to a position, especially as a cleric: his sons were instituted to the priesthood [with complement]: a testator who has instituted his daughter heirMore example sentences
- She named the young man executor of her will and instituted him as the sole and universal heir of her modest estate.
- Mr Rendall, who was brought up in Gloucestershire and once worked as a solicitor in London, will be instituted to his new post by the Bishop of Gloucester at Broadwell Church in July.
Middle English (in sense 2 of the verb): from Latin institut- 'established', from the verb instituere, from in- 'in, towards' + statuere 'set up'. The noun is from Latin institutum 'something designed, precept', neuter past participle of instituere; sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.