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 In the meantime, the restaurant plans to install concrete posts out front to block cars from hitting the building. Christine Mui,, "Haverhill restaurant hit by car for 3rd time in 8 days," 15 Feb. 2021 The idea to install a crematory at Parkway wasn’t hastily discussed and decided upon, Sherman said. Michael Wetzel The Decatur Daily, al, "Why cremations are becoming increasingly common in Alabama," 7 Feb. 2021 Some go beyond stealing credentials, and use those techniques to install malware inside customer service departments or even on individuals' devices. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "A Coordinated Takedown Targets 'OGUser' Account Thieves," 4 Feb. 2021 Morrisey accused Obama administration officials of banking on their policies being enough of a threat to business that companies would spend money to install emissions controls, even if the policies were ultimately struck down in court. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "West Virginia's attorney general prepares for battle with Biden over climate mandates," 4 Feb. 2021 The Wolf administration vowed Monday to install new controls and tracking to ensure the mistake is not repeated. NBC News, "Pennsylvania agency bungles ballot referendum for child sex victims," 1 Feb. 2021 The family is planning to rebuild their home and install smoke detectors. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Millions of COVID-19 survivors have lost the sense of smell and taste. Will they come back? Not even researchers know.," 31 Jan. 2021 Judge Seibel noted the white slating organization faced pressure to install public-school representatives due to the litigation and state monitor. WSJ, "After Civil-Rights Case, Parents Seek Louder Voice in New York School District Vote," 30 Jan. 2021 The Burnside Bridge is closed to all traffic until 6 p.m. Saturday as crews install a new computer system on the bridge’s moveable lift span. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland’s Burnside Bridge closed for lift span work," 30 Jan. 2021

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Install.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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