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.

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The company also typically offers an extra $10 off to shoppers who install its Amazon Assistant extension on their web browsers, as well as $5 off orders of $10 or more for eligible Prime members who use the Amazon app to shop. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 In April 2016, according to the filing, Southwest and Boeing representatives discussed a plan to install the alert on a single current 737, and then deactivate it once the new MAX model entered service, according to the filing. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 12 May 2022 For multifamily real estate, in particular, building infrastructure must either support fast internet providers (like fiber) or install community-wide Wi-Fi that is designed to handle this kind of use. Demetrios Barnes, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 The plan is to install rooftop arrays on up to 10 low to medium income households and to collect information along the way that could lead to a broader expansion of solar power into less-wealthy communities of the city. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 2 May 2022 Google provides the tools that will allow other Android users to install the Android 13 public beta on their devices. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 Apr. 2022 Texas has economic incentives that should induce commercial generators to install winterization equipment on their own. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 The Prospect New Orleans curators had wanted to install her sculpture on an empty pedestal in Lee Circle, where a statue of Robert E. Lee had once stood. The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Attackers may try to install malware on your systems so that they can later be used as agents for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) strikes against high-value targets. Neil Mcallister, PCMAG, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Install.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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