Erect vs Institute - What's the difference?

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Erect is a synonym of institute.

As an adjective erect

is upright; vertical or reaching broadly upwards.

As a verb erect

is to put up by the fitting together of materials or parts.

As a noun institute is





(en adjective)
  • Upright; vertical or reaching broadly upwards.
  • * Gibbon
  • Among the Greek colonies and churches of Asia, Philadelphia is still erect — a column of ruins.
  • Rigid, firm; standing out perpendicularly.
  • (obsolete) Bold; confident; free from depression; undismayed.
  • * Keble
  • But who is he, by years / Bowed, but erect in heart?
  • (obsolete) Directed upward; raised; uplifted.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • His piercing eyes, erect , appear to view / Superior worlds, and look all nature through.
  • Watchful; alert.
  • * Hooker
  • vigilant and erect attention of mind
  • (heraldry) Elevated, as the tips of wings, heads of serpents, etc.
  • Antonyms

    * flaccid

    Derived terms

    * erection * semierect


  • To put up by the fitting together of materials or parts.
  • to erect a house or a fort
  • To cause to stand up or out.
  • To raise and place in an upright or perpendicular position; to set upright; to raise.
  • to erect a pole, a flagstaff, a monument, etc.
  • To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to magnify.
  • * Daniel
  • that didst his state above his hopes erect
  • * Dryden
  • I, who am a party, am not to erect myself into a judge.
  • To animate; to encourage; to cheer.
  • * Barrow
  • It raiseth the dropping spirit, erecting it to a loving complaisance.
  • (astrology) To cast or draw up (a figure of the heavens, horoscope etc.).
  • * 1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society 2012, p. 332:
  • In 1581 Parliament made it a statutory felony to erect figures, cast nativities, or calculate by prophecy how long the Queen would live or who would succeed her.
  • To set up as an assertion or consequence from premises, etc.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • to erect conclusions.
  • * John Locke
  • Malebranche erects this proposition.
  • To set up or establish; to found; to form; to institute.
  • * Hooker
  • to erect a new commonwealth


    * build


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) institut, from (etyl), from (etyl) .


    (wikipedia institute) (en noun)
  • An organization founded to promote a cause
  • I work in a medical research institute .
  • An institution of learning; a college, especially for technical subjects
  • The building housing such an institution
  • (obsolete) The act of instituting; institution.
  • * Milton
  • water sanctified by Christ's institute
  • (obsolete) That which is instituted, established, or fixed, such as a law, habit, or custom.
  • * Burke
  • They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy.
  • * Dryden
  • to make the Stoics' institutes thy own
  • (legal, Scotland) The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation.
  • (Tomlins)
    Derived terms
    * educational institute * research institute * academic institute

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


  • To begin or initiate (something); to found.
  • He instituted the new policy of having children walk through a metal detector to enter school.
  • * (rfdate) Shakespeare
  • And haply institute / A course of learning and ingenious studies.
  • * 1776 , (Thomas Jefferson), (Declaration of Independence) :
  • 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.
  • (obsolete) To train, instruct.
  • *, II.27:
  • *:Publius was the first that ever instituted the Souldier to manage his armes by dexteritie and skil, and joyned art unto vertue, not for the use of private contentions, but for the wars and Roman peoples quarrels.
  • * (rfdate) Dr. H. More
  • If children were early instituted , knowledge would insensibly insinuate itself.
  • To nominate; to appoint.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • We institute your Grace / To be our regent in these parts of France.
  • (ecclesiastical, legal) To invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls.
  • (Blackstone)


  • (obsolete) Established; organized; founded.
  • * Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • They have but few laws. For to a people so instruct and institute , very few to suffice.