transitive verb-·tut·ed, -·tut·ing
- 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
Origin of institutefrom Classical Latin institutus, past participle of instituere, to set up, erect, construct from in-, in, on + statuere, to cause to stand, set up, place: see statute
- an established principle, law, custom, or usage
- [pl.] 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 )
Origin of instituteL institutum, arrangement, plan < the v.