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institute

Line breaks: in¦sti|tute
Pronunciation: /ˈɪnstɪtjuːt
 
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Definition of institute in English:

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 institute
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  • 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.
Synonyms
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
2 (usually institutes) archaic A commentary, treatise, or summary of principles, especially concerning law: Coke’s Institutes of the Laws of England
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  • 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.

verb

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1Introduce or establish (a scheme, undertaking, or policy): the state instituted a national lottery the award was instituted in 1900
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  • 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 proceedings
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  • 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 heir
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  • 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.
Synonyms
install, instate, induct, invest, inaugurate, introduce, admit into office, swear in, initiate;
ordain, consecrate, anoint;
appoint, put in, create

Origin

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.

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