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[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.
Also, instal.
Origin of install
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin installāre. See in-2, stall1
Related forms
installer, noun
preinstall, verb (used with object)
reinstall, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
install, instill.
3. invest, instate, receive. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reinstall
  • Note: if you delete and reinstall the app, you will need to restore all purchases to access your subscription.
  • And when the station's wireless technology needs to be updated, the companies have to redeploy and reinstall the radio technology.
  • One only needs to reinstall them if you purchased them earlier.
  • Paint the fascia or reattach the siding and reinstall gutters.
  • reinstall repaired or replacement parts using riveting or welding tools, clamps, and wrenches.
  • reinstall the cable to the handle with the clevis pin.
  • reinstall evaporators and condensing units making all connections.
  • reinstall any switches or other devices that had to be removed for the installation of the casework.
  • reinstall ceiling tile, grid, and lighting within the construction area.
  • Our recommendation is to rebuild and reinstall the original engine, transmission, and emission control configuration.
British Dictionary definitions for reinstall


verb (transitive) -stalls, -stalling, -stalled, -stals, -stalling, -stalled
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, etc: Trinidad reinstalled him against Honduras


verb (transitive) -stalls, -stalling, -stalled, -stals, -stalling, -stalled
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 state: she installed herself in an armchair
Derived Forms
installer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin installāre, from in-² + stallumstall1
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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