Institute In"sti*tute, n. [L. institutum: cf. F. institut. See {Institute}, v. t. & a.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of instituting; institution. [Obs.] ``Water sanctified by Christ's institute.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law, habit, or custom. --Glover. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: An elementary and necessary principle; a precept, maxim, or rule, recognized as established and authoritative; usually in the plural, a collection of such principles and precepts; esp., a comprehensive summary of legal principles and decisions; as, the Institutes of Justinian; Coke's Institutes of the Laws of England. Cf. {Digest}, n. [1913 Webster]

They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

To make the Stoics' institutes thy own. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. An institution; a society established for the promotion of learning, art, science, etc.; a college; as, the Institute of Technology; The Massachusetts Institute of Technology; also, a building owned or occupied by such an institute; as, the Cooper Institute. [1913 Webster]

5. (Scots Law) The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation. --Tomlins. [1913 Webster]

{Institutes of medicine}, theoretical medicine; that department of medical science which attempts to account philosophically for the various phenomena of health as well as of disease; physiology applied to the practice of medicine. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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