AskDefine | Define institute

Dictionary Definition

institute n : an association organized to promote art or science or education


1 set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department" [syn: establish, found, plant, constitute]
2 avance or set forth in court; "bring charges", "institute proceedings" [syn: bring]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. (Verb) , from institutus (past participle of instituere)
  2. (Noun) From the name of the French Institut National des Sciences et des Arts



  1. An organization founded to promote a cause
    • A medical research institute
  2. A institution of learning; a college, especially for technical subjects
  3. The building housing such an institution



  1. to begin or initiate something
    "He instituted the new policy of having children walk through a metal detector to enter school."


Extensive Definition

An institute is a permanent organizational body created for a certain purpose. Often it is a research organization (research institution) created to do research on specific topics. An institute can also be a professional body. In some countries institutes can be part of a university or other institution of higher education, either as a group of departments or an autonomous educational institution without a classic full university status such as a University Institute.
The word comes from the Latin word institutum meaning facility or habit; from instituere meaning build, create, raise or educate.
In some countries, such as South Korea and Japan, private schools are sometimes called institutes, rather than schools, as a form of marketing.
In the United Kingdom the title 'Institute' is a protected word and companies or other organisations may only use that word if they are "organisations which are carrying out research at the highest level or to professional bodies of the highest standing".. Furthermore, if a company is carrying on a business under a different name to the company name, that business name must comply with the Business Names Act. Use of the title 'Institute' requires approval from the Secretary of State. Failure to obtain approval is a criminal offence.


See also

institute in Danish: Institut
institute in German: Institut
institute in French: Institut
institute in Croatian: Institut
institute in Indonesian: Institut
institute in Georgian: ინსტიტუტი
institute in Lithuanian: Institutas
institute in Japanese: インスティチュート
institute in Norwegian: Institutt
institute in Norwegian Nynorsk: Institutt
institute in Uzbek: Institut
institute in Polish: Instytut
institute in Portuguese: Instituto
institute in Russian: Институт
institute in Swedish: Institut

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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