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verb in·stall \in-ˈstȯl\

Simple Definition of install

  • : to make (a machine, a service, etc.) ready to be used in a certain place

  • : to put (someone) in an official or important job

  • : to cause (someone) to be or stay in a particular place

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of install

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to place in an office or dignity by seating in a stall or official seat b :  to induct into an office, rank, or order <installed the new president>

  3. 2 :  to establish in an indicated place, condition, or status <installing herself in front of the fireplace>

  4. 3 :  to set up for use or service <had an exhaust fan installed in the kitchen> <install software>



Examples of install in a sentence

  1. New locks were installed on all the doors.

  2. We thought about installing a new phone system.

  3. The computer comes with the software already installed.

  4. The software installs easily on your hard drive.

  5. The college recently installed its first woman president.

  6. They were temporarily installed in the guest bedroom.

Origin and Etymology of install

Middle English, from Anglo-French enstaller, installer, from Medieval Latin installare, from Latin in- + Medieval Latin stallum stall, from Old High German stal

First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with install

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INSTALL Defined for Kids


verb in·stall \in-ˈstȯl\

Definition of install for Students



  1. 1 :  to put in office with ceremony <At the next meeting we'll be installing new officers.>

  2. 2 :  to put in place for use or service <Smoke detectors were installed in every apartment.>

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