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

v set up or lay the groundwork for

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
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initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

v advance or set forth in court

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create, make
make or cause to be or to become

n 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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