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or in·stal

[ in-stawl ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to place in position or connect for service or use:

    to install a heating system;

    to install software on a computer.

  2. to establish in an office, position, or place:

    to install oneself in new quarters.

  3. to induct into an office or the like with ceremonies or formalities.

    Synonyms: receive, instate, invest


/ ɪnˈstɔːl /


  1. to place (machinery, equipment, etc) in position and connect and adjust for use
  2. to transfer (computer software) from a distribution file to a permanent location on disk, and prepare it for its particular environment and application
  3. to put in a position, rank, etc
  4. to settle (a person, esp oneself) in a position or state

    she installed herself in an armchair

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Derived Forms

  • inˈstaller, noun

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Other Words From

  • in·staller noun
  • prein·stall verb (used with object)
  • rein·stall verb (used with object)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of install1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word installāre. See in- 2, stall 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of install1

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

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Example Sentences

Essentially, the idea is to make brain-machine interfaces not only easier to install but also more powerful.

From Vox

Two weeks later, Kriuchkov traveled to San Francisco, rented a Toyota Corolla from Hertz, and drove to Nevada in an effort to coax the employee to install the malware program.

From Fortune

Facebook advertisers looking to continue to target iOS 14 users with app install ad campaigns will now be required to sign up for a new, separate ad account to target those users.

From Digiday

More recently, Daniel Zitterbart, a physicist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, helped develop and install high-resolution cameras to observe undisturbed huddling behavior.

The EU does not want a situation in which all this chaos permits Putin to become the puppet master or to install his own figurehead in Belarus.

From Ozy

My surgeon told me my bones were so soft he could barely install the screws.

Speaking of Grandma, The Wireless Joey is so simple she can install it herself.

Then they install sump pumps to remove remnant toxic waters.

The Ferguson Police do have two dashboard cams, but Chief Tom Jackson says he lacks the $3,000 per camera cost to install them.

Parents can install an alarm on their outside door—although that, of course, costs money.

Not one of the early electric actions proved either quick or reliable, and all were costly to install and maintain.

Then, by George, I'll see if I can't persuade the courts to put the property into bankruptcy and install my man as receiver!

The …-h2.htm file will be used only if you wish to install all three volumes on your own computer.

I remove the eggs and install the helpless creatures on a bed of leaf-mould with a glass cover.

But I wonder if we might install protection against mechanical injury—with intent to damage aforethought!