uninstall

verb

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

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 These changes will allow Windows 11 users in these markets to uninstall Edge, and allow search providers like Google to extend the main Windows Search interface with their own custom web searches. Tom Warren, The Verge, 16 Feb. 2024 Another bonus is that your kids won't be able to uninstall the app without a secure password. Lindsay Modglin, Parents, 19 Dec. 2023 Beeper told them to uninstall and reinstall the app. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 19 Dec. 2023 Some apps, like Screen Time, also allow parents and caregivers to set a password that must be entered in order to uninstall the app. Lindsay Modglin, Parents, 19 Dec. 2023 This way, children cannot uninstall the app without permission. Lindsay Modglin, Parents, 19 Dec. 2023 To meet the demands of the European Commission's Digital Markets Act—slated to be enforced in March 2024—Microsoft must make its apps easier to uninstall, its default settings easier to change, and its attempts at steering people toward its services easier to avoid. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2023 One option — also detailed on GitHub — is to uninstall Brave and reinstall it without admin rights so that the program can’t install additional services. Allison Johnson, The Verge, 20 Oct. 2023 With that in mind, users either need to uninstall these apps, or hope their developers come up with a fix and release an update in time. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 31 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uninstall was in 1981

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Cite this Entry

“Uninstall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninstall. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

uninstall

verb
un·​in·​stall ˌən-in-ˈstȯl How to pronounce uninstall (audio)
: to remove (software) from a computer system especially by using a specially designed program

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