in·stall | \in-ˈstȯl \
installed; installing; installs

Definition of install 

transitive verb

1a : 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

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

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

intransitive verb

: to be set up for use or service : to undergo installation The software installs automatically.

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Other Words from install

installer noun

Examples of install in a Sentence

New locks were installed on all the doors. We thought about installing a new phone system. The computer comes with the software already installed. The software installs easily on your hard drive. The college recently installed its first woman president. They were temporarily installed in the guest bedroom.
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The council also plans to install signs directing people to public restrooms. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people get new bathroom in Sacramento. Public toilet near City Hall also possible," 5 July 2018 Plans to install the baby box near the back of the fire station on a secluded side were not feasible due to permit issues. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Baby is abandoned at fire department, which is what the firefighters want," 2 July 2018 The district plans to install four corner posts marking a 300-by-175-foot section on the west end of the park for use by drone enthusiasts who have the proper certification to fly, Director of Parks Kevin Finnegan said. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville Park District to open a drone flying park in October," 19 June 2018 And the transit system plans to install additional cameras to monitor gates, count cheaters and help determine the system’s most vulnerable areas. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "BART cited 1,300 fare evaders in 2 months. Only about 100 paid up," 4 June 2018 Additionally, TriMet plans to install more security cameras on buses, MAX trains and platforms, with higher image quality., "Crime increases as TriMet weighs response to fatal MAX attack," 23 May 2018 Over the summer, the district plans to install security fences, change front office entries and improve security cameras. Lois K. Solomon,, "After spotting problems, Palm Beach County schools speed up security measures," 19 Apr. 2018 After talking with the city officials and residents the past couple of months, Cyrus One plans to install noise-reducing equipmentby mid-October. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Chandler tech company hums along — and the noise is annoying residents," 15 Apr. 2018 The city plans to install a tide gauge in the bay to track how quickly waters rise, and adjust plans as needed. Anne C. Mulkern, Scientific American, "This Entire Island May Have to Be Raised Up to Counter Rising Sea," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of install

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for install

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

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English Language Learners 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


in·stall | \in-ˈstȯl \
installed; installing

Kids Definition of install

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

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

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evasion of direct action or statement

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