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.

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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 There are four little libraries in Valencia Park, but the council hopes to help residents install at least 20 in the area to encourage more neighbors to walk around the community. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego neighbors revive community council in Valencia Park," 26 Dec. 2020 Supply them with seed and suet, and install at least one birdbath. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: How to kill the pests eating your winter garden in San Antonio," 26 Dec. 2020 The agreements are to build 146 miles of border wall and install nearly three dozen gates. Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Keeps Awarding Border Wall Contracts but Doesn’t Own the Land to Build On," 25 Dec. 2020 The Blethens buy and install the decorations themselves, and nearly didn’t have a show this year. Don Stacom,, "In Plainville, Scooby-Doo Christmas house goes all out for a cause," 22 Dec. 2020 Those who install solar panels after July 1, 2022 will not be eligible for full net metering credit. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Riding the 'solar coaster': Tax credits could be extended as part of COVID-19 relief bill," 21 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately, Apple has deprecated combo update packages—there is no manual package to download or install. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Some Big Sur users are unable to update macOS due to an MDM bug," 18 Dec. 2020 As much as Ravinder would like to continue improving and introducing nest boxes, each one costs hundreds of dollars and requires hundreds of hours to make and install. Yao-hua Law, The Atlantic, "Helmeted Hornbills Are Very Picky About Their Nests," 16 Dec. 2020 Civitas, a commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm, has a client that asked its architect to develop transitional spaces and install modular movable walls. S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune, "5 ways the post-pandemic office will look very different," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of install was in the 15th century

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7 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Install.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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