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 The broadcast system can be disabled on a regional basis after it's no longer needed, or users can simply turn them off by uninstalling the tracing application. USA Today, "Apple and Google join forces on app that could warn you of coronavirus exposure," 28 Apr. 2020 Even after uninstalling the apps, the victims continue to be billed. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "How to avoid the growing ‘fleeceware’ scam," 16 Jan. 2020 More recently, the number has been revised down to 100,000, most likely because many websites have opted to uninstall it. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers exploit critical vulnerability found in ~100,000 WordPress sites," 18 Feb. 2020 But consumers should be sure to cancel via Google Play subscriptions, rather than simply uninstalling the app. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "How to avoid the growing ‘fleeceware’ scam," 16 Jan. 2020 Usually, within 30 days of installing an app, almost 90-95% of all downloads get uninstalled in markets like India and Latin America. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "In TikTok-crazy India, an American app wants to go beyond “general tomfoolery”," 9 Dec. 2019 The concealment leaves many people struggling to uninstall the app. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Unrelenting “ad blocker” plasters users with—you guessed it—ads," 17 Nov. 2019 Hiding the icon prevented the apps from being uninstalled by dragging and dropping the icon uninstall section of the device screen. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "85 Google Play apps with 8 million downloads forced fullscreen ads on users," 19 Aug. 2019 And without a way to link the ads to a specific app, the developers have a captive audience and are free to keep pushing ads at their user-victims without concern about their apps being uninstalled. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Google Play apps laden with ad malware were downloaded by millions of users," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of uninstall

1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Uninstall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninstall. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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