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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.
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Origin of install

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word installāre. See in-2, stall1
Related formsin·stall·er, nounpre·in·stall, verb (used with object)re·in·stall, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedinstall instill

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Related Words for install

plant, institute, invest, fix, introduce, station, place, lay, inaugurate, lodge, settle, ensconce, position, line, furnish, induct, instate

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verb -stalls, -stalling, -stalled, -stals, -stalling or -stalled (tr)
  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 stateshe installed herself in an armchair
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Derived Formsinstaller, noun

Word Origin for install

C16: from Medieval Latin installāre, from in- ² + stallum stall 1
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Word Origin and History for install


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.

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