- Install is defined as to formally place someone in an office or position, or to put something in position or set it up.
- An example of install is to have a ceremony to officially recognize new members of a Girl Scout troop.
- An example of install is to put a new sprinkler system in the yard.
A man installs a security camera.
transitive verbinstalled, installing
- to place in an office, rank, etc., with formality or ceremony
- to establish in a place or condition; settle: to install oneself in a deck chair
- to fix in position for use: to install new fixtures
Origin of installEcclesiastical Medieval Latin installare ; from in-, in + stallum ; from Old High German stal, a place, seat, stall
transitive verbin·stalled, in·stall·ing, in·stalls also in·stals
- To connect or set in position and prepare for use: installed the new furnace; installed software on my computer.
- To induct into an office, rank, or position: a ceremony to install the new governor.
- To settle in an indicated place or condition; establish: installed myself in the spare room.
Origin of installMiddle English installen, to place in office, from Old French installer, from Medieval Latin īnstallāre : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + stallum, stall, place; see stel- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present installs, present participle installing, simple past and past participle installed)
- (informal) Installation. (Usage originated as a truncated form of the word installation.)
- (computing) (jargon): A computer software utility that is run to install a software application. Also used attributively.
- After inserting the disk, you need to run the install.
- But I can't find the install disk.
From Middle English installen, from Old French installer, from Medieval Latin installō (“to install, put in place, establish”), from in- + stallum (“stall”), from Frankish *stall (“stall, position, place”), from Proto-Germanic *stallaz (“place, position”), from Proto-Indo-European *stelǝ-, *stAlǝn-, *stAlǝm- (“stem, trunk”). Cognate with Old High German stal (“location, stall”), Old English steall (“position, stall”), Old English onstellan (“to institute, create, originate, establish, give the example of”), Middle High German anstalt (“institute”), German anstellen (“to conduct, employ”), German einstellen (“to set, adjust, position”), Dutch aanstellen (“to appoint, commission, institute”), Dutch instellen (“to set up, establish”). More at in, stall.