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Meaning of INSTITUTE

Pronunciation:  'insti`toot

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an association organized to promote art or science or education
  2. [v]  avance or set forth in court; "bring charges", "institute proceedings"
  3. [v]  set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department"

INSTITUTE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: bring, constitute, establish, found, plant
 See Also: appoint, association, create, fix, initiate, introduce, make, name, nominate, pioneer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In"sti*tute\, p. a. [L. institutus, p. p. of
    instituere to place in, to institute, to instruct; pref. in-
    in + statuere to cause to stand, to set. See {Statute}.]
    Established; organized; founded. [Obs.]
          They have but few laws. For to a people so instruct and
          institute, very few to suffice.          --Robynson
  2. \In"sti*tute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instituted}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Instituting}.]
    1. To set up; to establish; to ordain; as, to institute laws,
       rules, etc.
    2. To originate and establish; to found; to organize; as, to
       institute a court, or a society.
             Whenever any from of government becomes destructive
             of these ends it is the right of the people to alter
             or to abolish it, and to institute a new government.
                                                   (Decl. of
                                                   Indep. ).
    3. To nominate; to appoint. [Obs.]
             We institute your Grace To be our regent in these
             parts of France.                      --Shak.
    4. To begin; to commence; to set on foot; as, to institute an
       inquiry; to institute a suit.
             And haply institute A course of learning and
             ingenious studies.                    --Shak.
    5. To ground or establish in principles and rudiments; to
       educate; to instruct. [Obs.]
             If children were early instituted, knowledge would
             insensibly insinuate itself.          --Dr. H. More.
    6. (Eccl. Law) To invest with the spiritual charge of a
       benefice, or the care of souls. --Blackstone.
    Syn: To originate; begin; commence; establish; found; erect;
         organize; appoint; ordain.
  3. \In"sti*tute\, n. [L. institutum: cf. F. institut. See
    {Institute}, v. t. & a.]
    1. The act of instituting; institution. [Obs.] ``Water
       sanctified by Christ's institute.'' --Milton.
    2. That which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law,
       habit, or custom. --Glover.
    3. 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; as, the Institutes of
       Justinian; Coke's Institutes of the Laws of England. Cf.
       {Digest}, n.
             They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy.
             To make the Stoics' institutes thy own. --Dryden.
    4. An institution; a society established for the promotion of
       learning, art, science, etc.; a college; as, the Institute
       of Technology; also, a building owned or occupied by such
       an institute; as, the Cooper Institute.
    5. (Scots Law) The person to whom an estate is first given by
       destination or limitation. --Tomlins.
    {Institutes of medicine}, theoretical medicine; that
       department of medical science which attempts to account
       philosophically for the various phenomena of health as
       well as of disease; physiology applied to the practice of
       medicine. --Dunglison.
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