transitive verb instituted, instituting
- to set up; establish; found; introduce
- to start; initiate: to institute a search
- to install in office, esp. as a minister in a church or parish
< L institutus, pp. of instituere, to set up, erect, construct < in-, in, on + statuere, to cause to stand, set up, place: see statute
something instituted; specif.,
- an established principle, law, custom, or usage
- a summary or digest of established principles, esp. in law
- an organization for the promotion of art, science, education, etc.
- a school specializing in art, music, etc.
- ☆ a college or university specializing in technical subjects
- an institution for advanced study, research, and instruction in a restricted field
- ☆ a short teaching program established for a group concerned with some special field of work
- institution (sense )
L institutum, arrangement, plan < the v.