Meaning of institute

in•sti•tute

Pronunciation: (in'sti-tt", -tyt"), [key]
— v., n. -tut•ed, -tut•ing,
—v.t.
  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. to assign to or invest with a spiritual charge, as of a parish.
—n.
  1. a society or organization for carrying on a particular work, as of a literary, scientific, or educational character.
  2. the building occupied by such a society.
    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.
  3. an established principle, law, custom, or organization.
    1. an elementary textbook of law designed for beginners.
    2. (cap.) Also calledIn&prim;stitutes of Justin&prim;ian.an elementary treatise on Roman law in four books, forming one of the four divisions of the Corpus Juris Civilis.
  4. something instituted.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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