In"sti*tute (?), p. a. [L. institutus, p. p. of instituere to place in, to institute, to instruct; pref. in- in + statuere to cause to stand, to set. See Statute.]

Established; organized; founded.


They have but few laws. For to a people so instruct and institute, very few to suffice. Robynson (More's Utopia).


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In"sti*tute (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Instituted (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Instituting.]


To set up; to establish; to ordain; as, to institute laws, rules, etc.


To originate and establish; to found; to organize; as, to institute a court, or a society.

Whenever any from of government becomes destructive of these ends it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government. Jefferson (Decl. of Indep. ).


To nominate; to appoint.


We institute your Grace To be our regent in these parts of France. Shak.


To begin; to commence; to set on foot; as, to institute an inquiry; to institute a suit.

And haply institute A course of learning and ingenious studies. Shak.


To ground or establish in principles and rudiments; to educate; to instruct.


If children were early instituted, knowledge would insensibly insinuate itself. Dr. H. More.

6. Eccl.Law

To invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls.


Syn. -- To originate; begin; commence; establish; found; erect; organize; appoint; ordain.


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In"sti*tute, n. [L. institutum: cf. F. institut. See Institute, v. t. & a.]


The act of instituting; institution.

[Obs.] "Water sanctified by Christ's institute."



That which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law, habit, or custom.



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.

They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy. Burke.

To make the Stoics' institutes thy own. Dryden.


An institution; a society established for the promotion of learning, art, science, etc.; a college; as, the Institute of Technology; also, a building owned or occupied by such an institute; as, the Cooper Institute.

5. ScotsLaw

The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation.


Institutes of medicine, theoretical medicine; that department of medical science which attempts to account philosophically for the various phenomena of health as well as of disease; physiology applied to the practice of medicine.



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