install

verb
in·​stall | \ in-ˈstȯl How to pronounce install (audio) \
installed; installing; installs

Essential Meaning of install

1 : to make (a machine, a service, etc.) ready to be used in a certain place New locks were installed on all the doors. We thought about installing a new phone system. See More Examplesa newly installed door The computer comes with the software already installed. The software installs easily/automatically on your hard drive.Hide
2 : to put (someone) in an official or important job The college recently installed its first woman president.
3 : to cause (someone) to be or stay in a particular place He installed himself on the leather couch. [=he sat down on the couch and stayed there] They were temporarily installed in the guest bedroom.

Full 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Scientists are currently in the process of applying for permits to install temperature sensors in Point Lay and Wainwright and hope the field work will take place this summer, Farquharson said. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Jan. 2022 The agency that runs the subway system, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, sped up work to install security cameras in all 472 subway stations citywide, finishing that project in September. Fox News, 16 Jan. 2022 Sure, not all of us can manifest a window (and requisite dreamy landscape) in front of our kitchen sinks, or install a custom range hood in our rental apartments. Sam Cochran, Bon Appétit, 15 Jan. 2022 Delivery giant FedEx is asking federal regulators for permission to install countermeasures in its cargo jets designed to thwart missile attacks, according to a notice published in the Federal Register. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, 14 Jan. 2022 Put a bag of books aside to donate, and maybe hatch a plan to install a Little Free Library in your neighborhood. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 Emirates is the latest airline to add the middle-cabin, announcing an upcoming 18-month program to install premium economy seats in a whopping 105 Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 airplanes. John Walton, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 The town does offer to help vacuum water out of residents’ property and has a program that splits costs 50/50 with a homeowner to install a backup valve in their sewer pipe to alleviate flooding. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, 24 Dec. 2021 Nursing home residents will be allowed to install cameras in their rooms to catch and deter abuse. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Install.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/install. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for install

install

verb
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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