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 As the cost of energy escalates seemingly weekly, an increasing number of HOA homeowners want to install photovoltaic systems on roofs. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2022 Our engineers say the Skybox should install easily on most roof rack systems, thanks to the versatile, ergonomic mounting knobs. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 7 June 2022 Lamont, a Democrat, proposed the highway use tax to help stabilize the state’s long-term transportation construction program after legislators from both parties rejected his proposals to install electronic tolling on highways. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 1 June 2022 The two were meant to install hoses on a radiator beam valve module outside the station. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 20 May 2022 School buses Two bills would clarify that in state law that schools can install cameras on buses to catch drivers who illegally gun past stopped buses. cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 Another family said they were forced to install security cameras outside their home after being heckled incessantly when the new directive was announced. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 But, ultimately, her instincts led her to install one wide sink (that’s large enough for two people to use) and a bigger countertop in the tight space. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 8 June 2022 Keep in Mind: The downspout can be tricky to install. Better Homes & Gardens, 8 June 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 1 Jul. 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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