in·​stall | \ in-ˈstȯl How to pronounce install (audio) \
installed; installing; installs

Definition of install

transitive verb

1 : to set up for use or service had an exhaust fan installed in the kitchen install software
2a : to induct into an office, rank, or order installed the new president
b : to place in an office or dignity by seating in a stall or official seat
3 : to establish in an indicated place, condition, or status installing herself in front of the fireplace

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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Recent Examples on the Web The building was exempt from having to install sprinklers because it was built before 1974, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported. Fox News, "French foreign exchange student dies from injuries after Los Angeles high-rise fire," 2 Feb. 2020 While the House had to install cameras in most of its committee rooms, the Ohio Senate’s three hearings rooms have had cameras in them for years. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "At long last, all Ohio legislative committee meetings will be publicly broadcast," 15 Jan. 2020 Existing drones wouldn’t have to install tracking equipment retroactively, but would in most cases be banned from operation after the rule becomes law. Alan Levin,, "Drones need huge tracking network for expanded flights, FAA says," 26 Dec. 2019 Existing drones wouldn’t have to install tracking equipment retroactively, but would in most cases be banned from operation after the rule becomes law. Alan Levin, Fortune, "Drones Need Radio Tracking, FAA Says," 26 Dec. 2019 With three first-round picks and a bounty of cap space, Miami should be ready to install building blocks — ideally a quarterback, left tackle and edge rusher — after this year's teardown project. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "What each NFL team should soon be shopping for in 2020 offseason," 5 Dec. 2019 Before starting an allocation system, properties have to install water saving devices such as low-flow toilets and shower heads. Houston Chronicle, "Houston Apartment Association: You can understand your utility bill," 30 Nov. 2019 Shops also would have to install bollards or another physical barrier to prevent burglars from using a vehicle to enter the building. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Baltimore County executive proposes new gun shop security rules to prevent stolen firearms," 25 Nov. 2019 Nobody in any job should have to put up with threats, aggressive emails, being shouted at in the street, sworn at on social media, nor have to install panic alarms at home. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "For lawmakers, the UK is becoming a toxic workplace," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of install

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

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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The first known use of install was in the 15th century

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12 Feb 2020

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“Install.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce install (audio) \
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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