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tr.v. in·sti·tut·ed, in·sti·tut·ing, in·sti·tutes
a. To establish, organize, or introduce: institute wage and price controls. See Synonyms at establish.
b. To initiate; begin: institute a search for the missing hikers.
2. To establish or invest (someone) in an office or position.
1. An organization founded to promote a cause: a cancer research institute.
a. An educational institution, especially one for the instruction of technical subjects.
b. The building or buildings housing such an institution.
3. A usually short, intensive workshop or seminar on a specific subject.
a. A principle or rudiment of a particular subject.
b. institutes A digest of or commentary on such principles or rudiments, especially a legal abstract.
[Middle English instituten, from Latin īnstituere, īnstitūt-, to establish : in-, in; see in-2 + statuere, to set up; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
in′sti·tut′er, in′sti·tu′tor n.
(Law) a digest or summary, esp of laws
1. (Law) an introduction to legal study in ancient Rome, compiled by order of Justinian and divided into four books forming part of the Corpus Juris Civilis
2. (Historical Terms) short for Institutes of the Christian Religion, the book by Calvin, completed in 1536 and constituting the basic statement of the Reformed faith, that repudiates papal authority and postulates the doctrines of justification by faith alone and predestination