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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 install
  • My co-op building is being required to install safety railings on the roof.
  • The last block on a long wall, called the closure block, is a bit tricky to install.
  • Better yet, each timer is tiny, so you can install two in the same wall outlet.
  • install filters to block copyrighted material from being posted.
  • They don't physically install counter tops because they have the ability to design and they hire people to do manual labor.
  • install and program your digital thermostat for energy efficiency when you're not at home.
  • To make the clocks feasible, engineers had to install a signaling system that allows trains to be tracked by a computer.
  • They'll probably lend you the install media for the price of a pint if you explain the problem.
  • Of course, you'd need to install the app to allow it to spy.
  • The number of paintings you install is dependent upon the architecture of the space where you are showing them.
British Dictionary definitions for install


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 install

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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