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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These self-install kits get you a custom-quality van without the sticker shock. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with removable components can sleep a family," 21 Nov. 2018 And the president’s decision to go outside the Justice Department succession order and install a Trump loyalist as acting attorney general raises serious questions. Jen Kirby, Vox, "House Democrats are already trying to protect the Mueller investigation," 8 Nov. 2018 Inside there are two photo booths where one can install oneself into a TB scene, posing beside a cartoon-proportioned dog man—his head is literally made of real fur—or standing behind a trompe l’oeil sleeping bag suit. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Thom Browne's Dinner With Barneys New York Was a Parade of Polos, Octopus Gowns, and Whale-Print Silk Separates," 11 Sep. 2018 Under the program, residential customers who install solar panel systems could receive a rebate of up to $6,000. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "This new solar panel program lets residents, businesses save thousands of dollars," 10 July 2018 Francisca Torres, 73, returned to Yoro from the United States in 2008 after having earned enough money in San Antonio, Texas, to expand her house, install new windows, wall off her garden, and live a comfortable life in the small town. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "U.S. immigration hard-line spurs some would-be migrants in Honduras to think twice," 8 July 2018 The couple hired contractors to break up the concrete floor with jackhammers and install French drains beneath a new floor with a radiant heating system, which banished the indoor stream. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "In the Hudson Valley, a Home With Centuries’ Worth of Stories," 3 July 2018 Build walls, fortify schools, arm teachers, install metal detectors. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: After Annapolis killings, Doc asks what the hell is wrong with us," 2 July 2018 Starting next week, a portion of Talcott Road will be closed off and motorists will be detoured as construction crews install a precast pipe for the Metropolitan District’s roughly four-mile long tunnel project. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Starting July 5, Traffic Detour Set Up Around Talcott Road For MDC Tunnel Project," 29 June 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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The first known use of install was in the 15th century

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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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