Institute In"sti*tute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Instituted; p. pr. & vb. n. Instituting.] 1. To set up; to establish; to ordain; as, to institute laws, rules, etc. 2. To originate and establish; to found; to organize; as, to institute a court, or a society. 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. ). 3. To nominate; to appoint. [Obs.] We institute your Grace To be our regent in these parts of France. --Shak. 4. To begin; to commence; to set on foot; as, to institute an inquiry; to institute a suit. And haply institute A course of learning and ingenious studies. --Shak. 5. To ground or establish in principles and rudiments; to educate; to instruct. [Obs.] If children were early instituted, knowledge would insensibly insinuate itself. --Dr. H. More. 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.