[ in-stawl ]
/ ɪnˈstɔl /

verb (used with object), in·stalled, in·stal·ling.

Related forms

re·in·stal, verb (used with object)

Definition for instal (2 of 2)


or in·stal

[ in-stawl ]
/ ɪnˈstɔl /

verb (used with object)

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

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word installāre. See in-2, stall1


Related forms

in·stall·er, nounpre·in·stall, verb (used with object)re·in·stall, verb (used with object)

Can be confused

install instill Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for instal

British Dictionary definitions for instal



/ (ɪnˈstɔːl) /

verb -stalls, -stalling, -stalled, -stals, -stalling or -stalled (tr)

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

Derived Forms

installer, noun

Word Origin for install

C16: from Medieval Latin installāre, from in- ² + stallum stall 1
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