Institute In"sti*tute ([i^]n"st[i^]*t[=u]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instituted} ([i^]n"st[i^]*t[=u]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Instituting}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To set up; to establish; to ordain; as, to institute laws, rules, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. To originate and establish; to found; to organize; as, to institute a court, or a society. [1913 Webster]

Whenever any from of government becomes destructive of these ends it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government. --Jefferson (Decl. of Indep. ). [1913 Webster]

3. To nominate; to appoint. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

We institute your Grace To be our regent in these parts of France. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To begin; to commence; to set on foot; as, to institute an inquiry; to institute a suit. [1913 Webster]

And haply institute A course of learning and ingenious studies. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To ground or establish in principles and rudiments; to educate; to instruct. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

If children were early instituted, knowledge would insensibly insinuate itself. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]

6. (Eccl. Law) To invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls. --Blackstone.

Syn: To originate; begin; commence; establish; found; erect; organize; appoint; ordain. [1913 Webster]

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