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Definition of "institute" []

  • To establish, organize, and set in operation. (verb-transitive)
  • To initiate; begin. See Synonyms at found1. (verb-transitive)
  • To establish or invest in an office or a position. (verb-transitive)
  • Something instituted, especially an authoritative rule or precedent. (noun)
  • A digest of the principles or rudiments of a particular subject, especially a legal abstract. (noun)
  • To organize; establish (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To initiate (verb)
  • To establish in a position or office; induct (verb)
  • To install (a clergyman) in a church (verb)
  • An organization founded for particular work, such as education, promotion of the arts, or scientific research (noun)
  • The building where such an organization is situated (noun)
  • Something instituted, esp a rule, custom, or precedent (noun)

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Use "institute" in a sentence
  • "The thing that disturbs me most about this institute is they equate legal abortions with safe abortions, and they equate illegal abortions with unsafe abortions."
  • "Rather, we see across the board, from university administration, to institute boards, to corporate managers, that the institute is a good in itself, productive of all its own wealth by its own virtues (thanks to its managers, of course) and owing nothing -- no loyalty, no gratitude, no reward -- to those individuals who made it possible."
  • "For the last three years, we were assisted by the International Education Board; but as the board no longer wishes to continue the appropriations to us, our funds are threatening to run down so that we must try to get money from somewhere else if this institute is to be able to go on working."