An institute is an organization or association designed to study or promote something. If you're interested in politics, you might want to do an internship at one of Washington D.C.'s many political research institutes.

While you may have heard of an institute, whether it’s the National Institute for Art Advancement or the National Cancer Institute, you may not know institute in its verb form. To institute something means to establish or advance it. You might institute the hiring of Spanish-speakers at your company, or, if workers complain about being overworked, you might institute a new policy on taking breaks.

Definitions of institute
  1. verb
    set up or lay the groundwork for
    synonyms: constitute, establish, found, plant
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    set or place definitely
    appoint, constitute, name, nominate
    create and charge with a task or function
    set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome
    appoint summarily or commandeer
    type of:
    initiate, pioneer
    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
  2. verb
    advance or set forth in court
    synonyms: bring
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  3. noun
    an association organized to promote art or science or education
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    a formal organization of people or groups of people
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