or in·stal

[ in-stawl ]
See synonyms for: installinstalledinstalling on

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.

  1. 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

Other words for install

Other words from install

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

Words that may be confused with install Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use install in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for install



/ (ɪnˈstɔːl) /

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

  1. to put in a position, rank, etc

  2. to settle (a person, esp oneself) in a position or state: she installed herself in an armchair

Origin of install

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

Derived forms of install

  • installer, noun

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