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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.

Nearby words

instability, instability line, instable, instagram, instal, install, installant, installation, installation art, installment, installment buying

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

Examples from the Web for reinstall

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

    Sweden|Victor Nilsson

British Dictionary definitions for reinstall (1 of 2)



/ (ˌriːɪnˈstɔːl) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for reinstall (2 of 2)



/ (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 Formsinstaller, noun

Word Origin for install

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