in·sti·tute (ĭnstĭ-tt′, -tyt′)
tr.v. in·sti·tut·ed, in·sti·tut·ing, in·sti·tutes
a. To establish, organize, or introduce: institute wage and price controls. See Synonyms at establish.
b. To initiate; begin: institute a search for the missing hikers.
2. To establish or invest (someone) in an office or position.
1. An organization founded to promote a cause: a cancer research institute.
a. An educational institution, especially one for the instruction of technical subjects.
b. The building or buildings housing such an institution.
3. A usually short, intensive workshop or seminar on a specific subject.
a. A principle or rudiment of a particular subject.
b. institutes A digest of or commentary on such principles or rudiments, especially a legal abstract.
[Middle English instituten, from Latin īnstituere, īnstitūt-, to establish : in-, in; see IN-2 + statuere, to set up; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
insti·tut′er, insti·tu′tor n.
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