Definition of institute noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɪnstɪtjuːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪnstɪtuːt//
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 an organization that has a particular purpose, especially one that is connected with education or a particular profession; the building used by this organization a research institute the Institute of Chartered Accountants institutes of higher education See related entries: Buildings Word OriginMiddle English (originally meaning to appoint someone to a position): from Latin institut- ‘established’, from the verb instituere, from in- ‘in, towards’ + statuere ‘set up’. The noun is from Latin institutum ‘something designed, precept’, neuter past participle of instituere; the current sense dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples He is a key figure in the Institute of Mathematics. She belongs to the Chartered Management Institute. She used to give lectures at the Mechanics’ Institute. The Institute says that an unidentified virus is to blame for the syndrome. The environmental research institute found that the global average temperature had risen by 1.2°C. The research was funded by the National Cancer Institute. a national institute dedicated to treating people with eating disorders a non-profit research institute dedicated to research in the public interest an institute providing opportunities to graduates the International Institute for Economic Development He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is a professor at Glasgow University’s Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine. The course is offered at six colleges and institutes of higher education. The report was compiled by Germany’s five leading economic research institutes. the Dundee Institute of Technology.
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