in·​stall | \ in-ˈstȯl \
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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Carriers will need to install tens of thousands of new radio systems to deliver wireless 5G signals. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Beware the 5G Hype: Wireless Rivals Fuel Confusion," 9 Jan. 2019 Kansas City left 5-star product reviews on the e-commerce site, Calgary offered to rename their city, and Birmingham promised to install massive Dash buttons in its downtown, all in attempts to become North America’s next big company town. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 bids: The weird ways cities wanted to woo Bezos," 27 Dec. 2018 Using the SoundLab, including playing recordings of ambient noise from the actual site, allowed everyone to make decisions in real-time without having to set up installs in Pennsylvania. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "A 93-Foot Tribute to United 93: The "Tower of Voices" 9/11 Memorial," 6 Sep. 2018 Delta has been public about its plans to expand in-flight entertainment, and promised last year to install screens in more than 600 aircraft by the end of 2018. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Delta Defies Trend, Keeps Adding Seat-Back Screens to Planes," 20 Aug. 2018 The reason is that the big equipment needed to install the extra-large sewer doesn't fit in the closed section of Highway 100 and still maintain worker safety, Watry said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Perfect storm seems to be brewing around Highway 100 road project in Hales Corners," 3 July 2018 Mac users will first need to install the free Android File Transfer app to complete USB transfers. Scientific American, "How do I read eBooks on my Kindle Fire? (Mac users)," 21 June 2018 Atherton said facilities that needed to install a new generator have a delivery time of six to eight months. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Only 24 percent of S. Florida nursing homes, facilities had implemented backup power plans by deadline, records show," 9 June 2018 The Lights On Canton committee, formed in the summer of 2016, raised the $203,653 needed to install permanent LED lights at the track and field, located at Canton High School and Canton Middle School. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Lights To Be Installed At Canton High School Field," 29 May 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 \
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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