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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On the last Sunday of every month, Akinmowo installs the books somewhere like an art gallery or a community center. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "These Heroes Are Saving Black Feminist Classics by Putting Them on Wheels," 8 Jan. 2019 On the watch side, the update will install a new app. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A look at the Apple Watch’s ECG, from someone who needs it," 12 Dec. 2018 However, the new chairman will have a lot of work to do, including reining in Mr. Musk’s more problematic impulses, figuring out why senior executives keep leaving the company and helping install strong replacements. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Tesla Gets a Second Chance," 30 Sep. 2018 Together, the two utilities are expected to help install chargers at more than 1,570 sites, supporting 15,000 medium- or heavy-duty vehicles such as municipal and school buses. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "California approves spending $768 million on electric vehicles," 31 May 2018 Infrastructural investments could prioritize dedicated bus lanes and install shelters at every bus stop so those who needed to travel further distances could get to school comfortably and fast. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Safe streets are the best tool we have to combat climate change," 10 Oct. 2018 Credit card skimmers are small, electronic devices that criminals can install inside the card reader at a gas pump and are undetectable to consumers. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Beware Credit Card Skimmers at Gas Stations This July Fourth, Secret Service Warns," 3 July 2018 The Kenosha Unified School District, the first in Wisconsin to be approved for grant funding, plans to use $384,000 of its nearly $900,000 award to install sensors from EAGL at its 43 schools. Ivan Moreno, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wisconsin schools to roll out gunshot detection sensors," 26 June 2018 For years there have been calls to install security fences at the top of the cliff to prevent people falling off the sheer drop. Ben Cusack, Fox News, "Woman seen doing yoga on edge of crumbling cliff," 25 June 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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