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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What Draper didn't actually install at the Greenbrier was one very recognizable banana leaf print. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Biggest Feud in Interior Design," 22 Mar. 2019 Two things will spur the market a bit: Tesla reliably producing solar roofs and California’s new mandate that all new homes install solar. David Roberts, Vox, "Robots, floating power plants, and 2-sided panels, oh my: solar tech’s near future," 29 Aug. 2018 In 2010, Topeka, Kansas, temporarily changed its name to Google, Kansas, in an unsuccessful effort to get the company to install a super-fast broadband network. Fox News, "Florida town of Mayo changes name to 'Miracle Whip'," 28 Aug. 2018 Immediately after, the city's then-mayor Giorgio Orsoni limited the number of ferries and ordered that gondolas install rear-view mirrors and GPS systems. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Dead After Weekend Boating Accidents on Venice Canal," 6 Aug. 2018 Starting in August, the city install meters for new homes and then will replace meters subdivision by subdivision. From News Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Conversion to digital water meters to start soon in Pearland," 5 July 2018 Although the district plans to install them on every campus, many of these projects are still in the design phase and won’t be done by the start of school. Lois K. Solomon,, "Schools tighten up to keep intruders out," 5 July 2018 More: Trump strikes deal with China's ZTE, imposes $1B fine and installs compliance team Analysts have said the Chinese government will likely pay the fine. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "White House, Senate GOP battle over President Trump's deal with China's ZTE," 13 June 2018 Moon’s spokesman said that the president specifically requested them, adding that the head chef of the restaurant will specially install a noodle-making machine in the venue’s kitchen. Jihye Lee,, "Two Korean Leaders to Dine on ‘Sunshine Menu’," 24 Apr. 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 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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