or in·stal


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 formsin·stall·er, nounpre·in·stall, verb (used with object)re·in·stall, verb (used with object)
Can be confusedinstall instill

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

Examples from the Web for reinstall

Historical Examples of reinstall

  • The Riksdag tried to reinstall him as governor of the royal princes, but gave in upon the request of Tessin.


    Victor Nilsson

British Dictionary definitions for reinstall



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

to put in place and connect (machinery, equipment, etc) again
to install (computer software) again, usually to solve a technical problem
to put (someone) back in a position, rank, etcTrinidad reinstalled him against Honduras



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 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 reinstall

also re-install, 1590s, from re- + install. Related: Re-installed; re-installing.



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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