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Definition of institute:

  1. 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.
  2. Established; organized; founded.
  3. 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.
  4. That which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law, habit, or custom.
  5. The act of instituting; institution.
  6. The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation.
  7. To begin; to commence; to set on foot; as, to institute an inquiry; to institute a suit.
  8. To ground or establish in principles and rudiments; to educate; to instruct.
  9. To invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls.
  10. To nominate; to appoint.
  11. To originate and establish; to found; to organize; as, to institute a court, or a society.
  12. To set up; to establish; to ordain; as, to institute laws, rules, etc.

Synonyms:

land, make, take on, set about, edict, wreak, form, set, contribute, set up, add, plant, give, launch, comprise, rule, set to, demonstrate, convey, establish, prescription, regulation, found, get off, decree, nominate, get, kick off, open, lay down, name, shew, show, law, prove, set out, organize, make up, undertake, base, approach, make for, enter, fetch, canon, instal, be, impart, implant, represent, bestow, work, bring in, take, appoint, take up, bring, embark, ground, build, lend, install, embed, imbed, lead off, constitute, ordinance, precept, engraft, play.

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