un·​in·​stall | \ˌən-in-ˈstȯl \
uninstalled; uninstalling; uninstalls

Definition of uninstall 

transitive verb

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

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Over the past few years, security practitioners have increasingly advised that people uninstall the stand-alone Flash app and use a browser that blocks Flash content by default. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Stymied by browsers, attackers embed Flash 0-day inside MS Office document," 7 June 2018 Now it's baked right into Gmail natively, so Google is encouraging users to uninstall the old extension in favor of this feature. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Smart Compose and offline mode have arrived in Gmail," 14 May 2018 Don’t forget that uninstalling an app also works to end its access to your data. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "After you delete old Facebook apps, take a hard look at Uber and Snapchat settings," 3 Apr. 2018 There are more complicated suggestions for Home users, such as disabling the update service itself or uninstalling the Update Assistan. Ken Colburn, azcentral, "Help! How can I prevent Windows from updating?," 23 Apr. 2018 Is Google notifying users who installed the extension or providing assistance in uninstalling it? Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Malicious Chrome extension is next to impossible to manually remove," 19 Jan. 2018 So choose these apps with care, or follow my lead and uninstall them all. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "How to use Facebook without giving up your data," 21 Mar. 2018 For more details on installing and uninstalling the add-on, please see the relevant help resources for your specific browser. Car and Driver, "Privacy Policy," 30 Nov. 2012 Some high-tech suitcase manufacturers already include batteries that can be uninstalled, including Raden and Away. Elaheh Nozari, Condé Nast Traveler, "American Airlines Is Putting a Ban on Some Smart Luggage," 2 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of uninstall

1981, in the meaning defined above

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