in·​stall | \ in-ˈstȯl How to pronounce install (audio) \
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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More than a year ago, police announced plans to buy and install fingerprint scanners and track the comings and goings of officers. Jessica Anderson,, "With 'many' Baltimore police exceeding overtime limits, commissioner pledges crackdown," 13 June 2019 The company also agreed to expand the beach parking lot to 22 spaces, install signage stating that the beaches are public, better train its staff and post the information on the hotel’s website. Washington Post, "California hotel gets $1.6M fine for blocking beach access," 13 June 2019 So the tenant reluctantly allowed the crew to remove the perfectly good washer and dryer and install new ones. Sean P. Murphy,, "A broken refrigerator and the store that took too long to make things right," 10 June 2019 This Scout has a 60-pound factory hardtop that is made of fiberglass and takes at least two people to install or remove. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: Lafayette owner’s ’67 Scout ‘a mobile man-cave’," 10 June 2019 Smartphone vendors often enter business deals to pre-install popular apps such as Facebook. NBC News, "Facebook suspends app pre-installs on Huawei phones," 7 June 2019 That cooperation included getting a permit from the Department of Transportation to put the plaque on county land as well as helping bring in the Department of Public Works to prep the area and install the plaque, saving labor costs. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police, community commemorate Officer Charles Irvine Jr. with honorary plaque near the site of his death," 7 June 2019 The attackers used the backdoor to surreptitiously download and install modules. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google confirms that advanced backdoor came preinstalled on Android devices," 6 June 2019 According to Rachel, Roy was working for a brother who owns a company that installs solar panels. Chris Harris,, "Cult Leader Warren Jeffs' Son Struggled With Pain of Abusive Childhood, Half-Sister Says," 4 June 2019

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

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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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to take the place or position of

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