Install definition

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To induct into an office, rank, or position.

A ceremony to install the new governor.

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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.

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To fix in position for use.

To install new fixtures.

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To connect, set up or prepare something for use.

I haven't installed the new operating system yet because of all the bugs.

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To establish or settle in.

I installed myself in my usual chair by the fire.

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(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.

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To connect or set in position and prepare for use.

Installed the new furnace; installed software on my computer.

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To establish in a place or condition; settle.

To install oneself in a deck chair.

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He was installed as Chancellor of the University.

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(informal) Installation. (Usage originated as a truncated form of the word installation.)
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To settle in an indicated place or condition; establish.

Installed myself in the spare room.

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To place in an office, rank, etc., with formality or ceremony.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of install - enstall, instal

Origin of install

  • Middle English installen to place in office from Old French installer from Medieval Latin īnstallāre Latin in- in in–2 stallum stall, place stel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary