un·​in·​stall | \ ˌən-in-ˈstȯl How to pronounce uninstall (audio) \
uninstalled; uninstalling; uninstalls

Definition of uninstall

transitive verb

: to remove (software) from a computer system especially by using a specially designed program

Examples of uninstall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Which is what happened last Friday, when a judge granted the FBI a warrant to uninstall those web shells, which turned out not to be an especially difficult task. Brian Barrett, Wired, "The FBI Takes a Drastic Step to Fight China’s Hacking Spree," 14 Apr. 2021 Longing for resounding proof of her feelings, Jojo sets out to uninstall the shield and make the app ring for her one true love. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Everything coming and going on Netflix: Week of March 7th," 7 Mar. 2021 German security researcher Mike Kuketz found that the Android LastPass app contains seven distinct trackers, recommending users to uninstall the app and move to a different password manager. Chris Smith, BGR, "Password management app LastPass is tracking you on Android," 26 Feb. 2021 The update history page will have a link to uninstall updates at the top, which will provide you with a list of installed updates. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, "Need to stop Windows 10 update from wreaking havoc on your computer? Here's how," 8 Sep. 2020 So load up the cooler full of grub, grab your masks and wet wipes, and don’t forget to uninstall Slack for a few glorious days. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "7 funky Bay Area lodging spots open during coronavirus," 21 Aug. 2020 The attacker could also uninstall a skill the user had set up and, if the hacker had planted a malicious skill in the Alexa Skills Store, could even install that interloping application on the victim's Alexa account. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers," 13 Aug. 2020 Cheaper models often use a simple u-lock system that requires a few wrenches to install (or uninstall) on your vehicle’s rack. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rooftop Cargo Carriers for Hauling All Your Gear," 4 June 2020 After the scandal early this year prompted some users to uninstall the company’s software, Avast decided to wind down the unit at a cost of about $25 million and stay away from the data-analytics business. Krystof Chamonikolas, Bloomberg.com, "Remote Work Lifts Avast From Floppy Disks to London Blue Chip," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of uninstall

1981, in the meaning defined above

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23 Apr 2021

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“Uninstall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninstall. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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