Definition of institute in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘It has been prepared by top bankers as well as technical specialists from ten Chinese research institutes, universities and non-governmental organizations.’
    • ‘The team recommended funding a national institute for science and technology.’
    • ‘Funding of basic science (including plant science) carried out in universities and research institutes is almost entirely supported by the government.’
    • ‘Other events will be organised together with other institutes, unions, universities, community culture centres, museums and galleries.’
    • ‘Favored members of educational organizations and research institutes get opportunities to visit abroad.’
    • ‘That was a major concern for the learning institutes.’
    • ‘He is a recognized enthusiast in education and devoted $100 million to establish the research institute for theoretical physics.’
    • ‘This website, developed in association with a number of companies, professional institutes and a research council, provides a range of well illustrated resources.’
    • ‘Why have we allowed ourselves to become customers of Victoria University instead of students at an educational institute?’
    • ‘As a volunteer, he is making use of English songs and reading materials to teach old people at the lifelong education institute.’
    • ‘Faculty and staff in the institute will conduct science-based and socially relevant research on the risks and benefits of genetically modified plant and animal products.’
    • ‘Those members of our profession involved in the institute should examine their consciences.’
    • ‘The Stockholm Environment Institute is an independent, international research institute specialising in sustainable development and environment issues.’
    • ‘The institute also organises football tournaments at the school, college and corporate levels.’
    • ‘First, allow me to tell you about myself; I'm an engineer by training, now working in a science research institute as an environmental researcher.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Industry, research institutes, education and training providers are all be involved.’’
    • ‘Attending a university or science institute is difficult because there is much competition just to get in.’
    • ‘It has a lead role in building research capacity in these communities, and supports partnerships and alliances between aboriginal communities and non-aboriginal health research organisations and institutes.’
    • ‘Higher education had consisted of two parts, namely the nineteen universities proper, and the others - namely fifty-seven colleges of advanced education and technology institutes.’
    • ‘Now managed as a consortium, it is backed by the European Commission and involves companies, research institutes and wine growers' organisations throughout Europe.’
    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
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  • 2archaic A commentary, treatise, or summary of principles, especially concerning law.

    ‘Coke's Institutes of the Laws of England’
    • ‘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.’
    disquisition, essay, paper, work, piece of writing, exposition, discourse, dissertation, thesis, monograph, study, critique
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  • 1Introduce or establish (a scheme, undertaking, or policy)

    ‘the state instituted a national lottery’
    ‘the award was instituted in 1900’
    • ‘Some pundits argue that we need to aggressively institute Keynesian policies, while forcing the banks to lend.’
    • ‘Today the firm apologised for the incident and pledged it had instituted an action plan to prevent a repeat of the incident at its Low Moor plant.’
    • ‘The award has been instituted to recognise literary excellence among Indian authors and is currently the only literary award of its kind in the country.’
    • ‘So, as the new season begins, your favorite correspondent has decided to turn over a new leaf and institute some new policies.’
    • ‘Perhaps an ongoing program could be instituted to inform people of the benefits of following safe driving procedures.’
    • ‘Lynching was instituted to crush the manhood of the enfranchised black.’
    • ‘A yard crew bus service was instituted to meet these buses and move employees to their place of work.’
    • ‘This law instituted a royalty scheme for webcasts of copyrighted material.’
    • ‘As is typical, the levying of the fine is a new policy instituted by the local government without adequately notifying the public.’
    • ‘Medical treatment should be instituted to prevent further complications and give you symptomatic relief.’
    • ‘He would replace a government that is instituted to protect our inalienable rights with one that enforces his own barbaric moral code and bigotry.’
    • ‘Singularity, order and repetition are instituted to check accumulation and sprawl.’
    • ‘According to the Mishnah and Jerusalem Talmud, a complex system of internal controls was instituted to sell and distribute items.’
    • ‘We instituted a policy several years ago-we do not install computers in classrooms.’
    • ‘Since I'm trying to institute a policy of transparency here, I have something else to reveal.’
    • ‘Early discharge and outpatient surgery procedures are being instituted to control the cost of health care.’
    • ‘But, he stresses, the refuge also institutes capricious policies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This year is the first since the health insurance scheme was instituted that the bureau has not allowed a two-month buffer zone during which cardholders can use their old cards.’
    • ‘Use of chemical warfare was instituted to destroy food crops.’
    set in motion, put in motion, get under way, get going, get off the ground, get in operation, start, begin, initiate, launch, lay the foundations of, lay the first stone of, sow the seeds of, set up, inaugurate, found, establish, put in place, organize, get working, get functioning, activate, actuate, generate, cause, bring about
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    1. 1.1Begin (legal proceedings) in a court.
      ‘she intended to institute divorce proceedings’
      • ‘The last thing you need is a tenant who won't pay rent and then forces you to go to court to institute eviction proceedings.’
      • ‘Your Honour, except that the Attorney-General is instituting the proceedings seeking to exercise rights to ensure that in relation to the Constitution there has not been error in a court exercising jurisdiction under the Constitution.’
      • ‘It seems that if such a defence fails, the vexatious litigant does require permission to institute appellate proceedings.’
      • ‘Alexander G. and Andrea H. agreed to institute legal proceedings.’
      • ‘Could I say in relation to it that it is an issue which we would seek to raise in any event by instituting proceedings in the original jurisdiction of the Court.’
      • ‘Divorce proceedings were instituted with the inevitable claims for corollary relief including of course for equalization of the net family properties.’
      • ‘Others can't meet funeral costs, and some don't even know how to institute legal proceedings.’
      • ‘It follows that State judicial authorities may be reluctant to prosecute State agents or to institute proceedings against private individuals that might eventually involve State organs.’
      • ‘She instituted proceedings against her landlord for breach of his repairing covenant and he counterclaimed for possession.’
      • ‘That issue was pursued further in the first of three court proceedings instituted by Milstein.’
      • ‘After the wife instituted proceedings in the Family Court, a share which was held by the husband in the trustee company, was transferred to the children of the marriage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In many cases, those affected can institute proceedings in court.’
      • ‘A company in liquidation has instituted proceedings under the Trade Practices Act in general equitable principle in the Federal Court.’
      • ‘The failure to accept the without prejudice offer led to the need to institute proceedings.’
      • ‘The plaintiff had instituted civil proceedings against the police following an investigation under the Police Act 1964, s 49.’
      • ‘It did not authorise the giving of a notice to a person who was already a defendant in penalty proceedings instituted by the Commission.’
      • ‘The applicant then instituted fresh proceedings for judicial review of the Tribunal's decision in the Federal Magistrates Court.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Judicial separation was available only in the High Court [that is the Irish High Court], where the procedure for instituting proceedings was complex.’
      set in motion, put in motion, get under way, get going, get off the ground, get in operation, start, begin, initiate, launch, lay the foundations of, lay the first stone of, sow the seeds of, set up, inaugurate, found, establish, put in place, organize, get working, get functioning, activate, actuate, generate, cause, bring about
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  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She named the young man executor of her will and instituted him as the sole and universal heir of her modest estate.’
    install, instate, induct, invest, inaugurate, introduce, admit into office, swear in, initiate
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Middle English (in institute): 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.