- 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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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
T. G. Marquis
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
Word Origin and History for instal
early 15c., "place in (ecclesiastical) office by seating in an official stall," from Medieval Latin installare, from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + Medieval Latin stallum "stall," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German stal "standing place;" see stall (n.1)). Related: Installed; installing.