Definition of instate in English:


transitive verb

[with object]usually be instated
  • Set up in position; install or establish.

    ‘the restoration of those very authoritarian forms against which democracy had been instated’
    • ‘This clearly proves that instating a draft has negative results, and only leads to more soldiers coming home in body bags.’
    • ‘When this district agreed to accept David, in light of his ‘special’ abilities, several rules were instated to ensure both his safety and that of his classmates.’
    • ‘And don't get me wrong, I'm right there, always just playing hard rock and stuff, but there's hopefully a better movement or a different movement to be instated fairly soon.’
    • ‘In the meantime, the principal, who had supported Mr Close's teaching style, had been transferred and demoted and the deputy principal had been instated as acting principal.’
    • ‘The fact that it was instated in this city in 1970, only to be removed immediately thereafter thanks to a barrage of public anger and protest, says something doesn't it?’
    • ‘It was 1980, the time of Solidarity, and it was a short-lived stay - within months martial law was instated and he was booted out but it had developed his taste for the country.’
    • ‘He was instated in the photo and film division of the French Army and ultimately deployed in Algeria as a military photographer shortly after the war ended.’
    • ‘They applied in the spring to be instated in September.’
    • ‘The betting public seem to think so - they've instated Colin as the favourite male in the competition.’
    • ‘The results showed that they wanted it to be instated at the Town Lane end of Lauser Road.’
    • ‘It's not up to the council to make the decision except to instate the will of the people.’
    • ‘He's written a constitution, set up an interim government, created a brand-new currency, instated law and order, and recorded a national anthem.’
    • ‘Wartime instates the highly ritualized protocols of what we might call the officer class or brotherhood of officers.’
    • ‘That was instated two years ago to save energy in the field.’
    • ‘To honor his triumph over the beast, Apollo instated the sacred games known as Pythian, which are held at Delphi every four years since 6 B.C.’
    • ‘Within ten weeks of his victory, Johnson was made a baronet, and soon thereafter was instated as Superintendent of the Northern Division of Indian Affairs.’
    • ‘I am meaning to see that the Prince is happily settled with the rightful lady and that he is instated in due time.’
    • ‘He also called for national elections in the coming year and instated a voter registration period.’
    • ‘But if the exhibition failed to instate a new globalized interpretation of art history or even to propose a usable definition of good art, this was perhaps by design.’
    install, instate, induct, invest, inaugurate, introduce, admit into office, swear in, initiate



/inˈstāt/ /ɪnˈsteɪt/


Early 17th century (formerly also as enstate): from en-, in-‘into’ + the noun state. Compare with earlier reinstate.