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institute

[in-sti-toot, -tyoot] /ˈɪn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyut/
verb (used with object), instituted, instituting.
1.
to set up; establish; organize:
to institute a government.
2.
to inaugurate; initiate; start:
to institute a new course in American literature.
3.
to set in operation:
to institute a lawsuit.
4.
to bring into use or practice:
to institute laws.
5.
to establish in an office or position.
6.
Ecclesiastical. to assign to or invest with a spiritual charge, as of a parish.
noun
7.
a society or organization for carrying on a particular work, as of a literary, scientific, or educational character.
8.
the building occupied by such a society.
9.
Education.
  1. an institution, generally beyond the secondary school level, devoted to instruction in technical subjects, usually separate but sometimes organized as a part of a university.
  2. a unit within a university organized for advanced instruction and research in a relatively narrow field of subject matter.
  3. a short instructional program set up for a special group interested in a specialized field or subject.
10.
an established principle, law, custom, or organization.
11.
institutes.
  1. an elementary textbook of law designed for beginners.
  2. (initial capital letter). Also called Institutes of Justinian. an elementary treatise on Roman law in four books, forming one of the four divisions of the Corpus Juris Civilis.
12.
something instituted.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin institūtus past participle of instituere to set, put up, establish, equivalent to in- in-2 + -stitū- (combining form of statū-, stem of statuere to make stand) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
reinstitute, verb (used with object), reinstituted, reinstituting.
uninstituted, adjective
well-instituted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for instituted

institute

/ˈɪnstɪˌtjuːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to organize; establish
2.
to initiate to institute a practice
3.
to establish in a position or office; induct
4.
foll by in or into. to install (a clergyman) in a church
noun
5.
an organization founded for particular work, such as education, promotion of the arts, or scientific research
6.
the building where such an organization is situated
7.
something instituted, esp a rule, custom, or precedent
Derived Forms
institutor, instituter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin instituere, from statuere to place, stand
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Word Origin and History for instituted
institute
early 14c., "to establish in office, appoint," from L. institutus, pp. of instituere "to set up," from in- "in" + statuere "establish, to cause to stand" (see statute). General sense of "set up, found, introduce" first attested late 15c. The noun sense of "organization, society" is from 1828, borrowed from French Institut national des Sciences et des Arts, established 1795 to replace the royal academies.
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