Meaning of “institute” in the English Dictionary

"institute" in British English

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institutenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪn.stɪ.tʃuːt/ us /ˈɪn.stə.tuːt/

B2 an organization where people do a particular type of scientific, educational, or social work, or the buildings that it uses:

the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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instituteverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɪn.stɪ.tʃuːt/ us /ˈɪn.stə.tuːt/ formal

(Definition of “institute” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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instituteverb [ T ]

us /ˈɪn·stɪˌtut/

institute verb [ T ] (START)

to put into effect; cause to be used:

These are some of the safety guidelines we’ve instituted in our hotels.

institutenoun [ C ]

us /ˈɪn·stɪˌtut/

institute noun [ C ] (ORGANIZATION)

an organization whose purpose is to advance the study of a particular subject:

The National Institutes of Health fund medical research in many areas.

(Definition of “institute” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"institute" in Business English

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institutenoun [ C ]

often Institute uk /ˈɪnstɪtjuːt/ us

an organization where people do a particular kind of scientific, educational, etc. work, or the buildings which it uses :

the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

an organization of people who all do the same kind of work:

the Institute of Directors

instituteverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɪnstɪtjuːt/ us

to start or introduce a system, rule, legal action, etc.:

They promised to institute new guidelines in the wake of the scandal.

(Definition of “institute” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)