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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Getting started Experts at Consumer Reports test and rate DIY products that homeowners and renters can install themselves. Diane Cowen, San Antonio Express-News, "Home security is more affordable — and better —than ever," 12 July 2018 Farrell was catapulted to the city’s top job during a period of political turbulence, when the board voted to install him as mayor in January. Dominic Fracassa,, "Now-former SF Mayor Farrell looks back on short term, future of city," 12 July 2018 In each alleyway, 75 percent of the residents who back that alley must agree to install them. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "'Highway for bad things': Phoenix tries closing alleys after neighbors complain of crime," 6 July 2018 Under the deal, Iran is allowed to manufacture parts for centrifuges but isn’t allowed to install them for 10 years. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018 Rojas's system was financed through the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation, with the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) helping to design and install it. Sebastian Rodriguez, The Christian Science Monitor, "Costa Rica's farmers harvest the rain to counter droughts," 11 May 2018 Mahathir, who will become the world's oldest leader at 92-years-old, set a challenge to Malaysia's constitutional ruler, King Muhammad V, who needs to rubber-stamp his appointment, to install him as the new leader by 5 p.m. (5 a.m. ET). Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad set to become world's oldest leader," 10 May 2018 Naperville homeowners who install Nest smart thermostats in their homes can get a $50 rebate from the city. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville to offer homeowners $50 rebates for installing smart thermostats," 30 Apr. 2018 Daniel Lockhart also claimed Powell provided the keylogger and showed his how to install it on his grandmother's computers. Ashley Remkus,, "Morgan sheriff and deputies acted criminally in probe of blogger and warden, judge says," 27 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 \
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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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