Definition of


  1. (noun, group) an association organized to promote art or science or education
  2. (verb, creation) advance or set forth in court
    institute proceedings
  3. (verb, creation) set up or lay the groundwork for

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Synonyms of Institute

bring, constitute, establish, found, plant

Alternate forms of Institute

Derivations: institution

Hyponyms: appoint, constitute, fix, name, nominate

Hypernyms: association, create, initiate, make, pioneer

Origin of the word Institute

  1. early 14c., "to establish in office, appoint," from L. institutus, pp. of instituere "to set up," from in- "in" + statuere "establish, to cause to stand" (see statute). General sense of "set up, found, introduce" first attested late 15c. The noun sense of "organization, society" is from 1828, borrowed from French Institut national des Sciences et … more

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