Institute vs Lecture - What's the difference?

institute | lecture |

As nouns the difference between institute and lecture

is that institute is while lecture is (senseid) a spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to a group.

As a verb lecture is

(senseid)(ambitransitive) to teach (somebody) by giving a speech on a given topic.



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.



    (en noun)
  • (senseid) A spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to a group.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=The stories did not seem to me to touch life. […] They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture , with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.}}
  • A berating or scolding.
  • (obsolete) The act of reading.
  • Verb

  • (senseid)(ambitransitive) To teach (somebody) by giving a speech on a given topic.
  • To preach, to berate, to scold.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Gary Younge)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution , passage=The dispatches […] also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west's professed values and actual foreign policies. Having lectured the Arab world about democracy for years, its collusion in suppressing freedom was undeniable as protesters were met by weaponry and tear gas made in the west, employed by a military trained by westerners.}}


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * lecturer