Definitions of institute

  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.
  3. To nominate; to appoint.
  4. To begin; to commence; to set on foot; as, to institute an inquiry; to institute a suit.
  5. To invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls.
  6. To establish; set up; fix; originate; set in operation; as, to institute a new custom.
  7. To set up in: to erect: to originate: to establish: to appoint: to commence: to educate.
  8. To originate; establish.
  9. To establish; set in operation; originate.
  10. To set up in; to establish; to ordain; to found; to originate; to educate; to commence; to invest with the spiritual part of a benefice.
  11. To commence or set in operation; to found or originate; to establish; to invest with the spiritual part of a benefice.
  12. A book of elements or principles; a commentary.
  13. Established; organized; founded.
  14. Fundamental principles.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation.
  18. An institution; a society established for the promotion of learning, art, science, etc.; a college; as, the of Technology; also, a building owned or occupied by such an institute; as, the Cooper Institute.
  19. Established law; a maxim or principle; scientific or literary society; a building for the work of advancing science, etc.
  20. Anything instituted or formally established: established law: precept or principle: a book of precepts or principles: an institution: a literary and philosophical society.
  21. Established law; a literary establishment.
  22. An institution, as of learning.
  23. Anything instituted; established law; settled order; precept or principle; a society established for some scientific or literary object; a book of principles, especially in jurisprudence or medicine.
  24. Established law; settled order; a literary or philosophical society.
  25. The act of instituting; institution.
  26. That which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law, habit, or custom.
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