- to place in position or connect for service or use: to install a heating system; to install software on a computer.
- to establish in an office, position, or place: to install oneself in new quarters.
- to induct into an office or the like with ceremonies or formalities.
Origin of install
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3. invest, instate, receive.
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Examples from the Web for instal
It is Mr. Nixon's plan to instal a gas engine in one of the compartments.Sinking of the Titanic
When Charles arrived, he was just about to instal himself and his family in his new abode.Marguerite De Roberval
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I think our hospital was the first to instal a cinematograph as a fixture.Observations of an Orderly
He showed the utmost kindness and hospitality, and gave his wazir orders to instal the prince in the royal guest-house.The Brown Fairy Book
In the second place, the extra size of the non-automatic apparatus makes it more expensive to construct and more costly to instal.
- to place (machinery, equipment, etc) in position and connect and adjust for use
- to transfer (computer software) from a distribution file to a permanent location on disk, and prepare it for its particular environment and application
- to put in a position, rank, etc
- to settle (a person, esp oneself) in a position or stateshe installed herself in an armchair
C16: from Medieval Latin installāre, from in- ² + stallum stall 1
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Word Origin and History for instal
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