in·​stall | \ in-ˈstȯl How to pronounce install (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web To solve the problem, the developer is to install a large booster pump to serve 26 homes and individual pumps to serve the other 18, Anderson said. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester subdivision approved," 17 Sep. 2019 The plan is to install others like it throughout the county. Los Angeles Times, "Costa Mesa mural seeks to inspire solutions for O.C.’s homeless population," 3 Sep. 2019 The way to do that is to install iOS 13 when it is officially released in the next few weeks since this freshest version of Apple’s free mobile operating system is compatible with models dating as far back as 2015’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "iOS 13: 13 for how Apple's new software can breathe life into your aging iPhone," 3 Sep. 2019 The plan is to install others like it throughout the county. Daily Pilot, "New Costa Mesa mural seeks to raise awareness and inspire solutions to help O.C.’s homeless population," 31 Aug. 2019 Ultimately, the best strategy is to install only the apps that are truly useful and to uninstall apps that haven’t been used in a while. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google Play app with 100 million downloads executed secret payloads," 27 Aug. 2019 One, now complete, is to install new irrigation systems and wells that are capable of pumping up to 300 gallons of water per minute. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Palomar College’s arboretum to reopen with access-for-all trails in September," 11 Aug. 2019 Pagano has been open-minded and flexible since his arrival in January to install his defense while being mindful of what made this group so special a year ago. Dan Wiederer,, "6 things we learned from Bears coordinators, including how Chuck Pagano feels blessed with this defense," 2 Aug. 2019 The most effective and affordable way to pull in all available local channels is to install an outdoor antenna, just like during the pre-cable days. Ron Hurtibise,, "Getting an outdoor antenna to pull in blacked-out CBS? You could create a fire hazard.," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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How to pronounce install (audio)

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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